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Egypt Breaks Up Baby-Trafficking Ring

Doctors, nurses allegedly removed kids by C-section
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2012 3:12 PM CST

(Newser) – Egyptian authorities have arrested five people in a baby-trafficking ring that helped nearly 300 adoptive parents skirt the nation's Islamic laws, AFP reports. Members of the ring allegedly removed unwanted babies by C-section from mothers who had waited too long to get an abortion. The ring then sold babies for up to $570 each to adoptive parents, who could give each child their family name—a practice normally forbidden by Islamic law when children are adopted, reports the BBC.

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Among the suspects are a doctor and two nurses who allegedly aided the baby-trafficking ring at a Cairo hospital for three years. Police are also seeking the hospital's manager, who evaded arrest. An interesting aside in the story: Abortion is only permitted in Egypt when the mother's health is at stake. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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