Pakistan police say they have busted a criminal gang, including female doctors, accused of abducting newborn babies from hospitals and selling them to childless couples, NBC News reported.
Abbas Majeed Marwat, police chief of the city of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said the gang also included health workers, nurses and midwives.
Police conducted a raid on a house in Peshawar soon after arresting one member of the gang, identified as Wajeeha Yasmin, and recovered a baby. Seven people have been arrested so far and have admitted to abducting nine babies from different hospitals and selling them to wealthy childless couples.
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A five-day old baby recovered during the police operation was going to be sold for $3,000, he said, while some of the other babies were sold for between Rs80, 000 ($800) and Rs150,000 ($1500).