The police have successfully crippled a baby-trafficking syndicate masterminded by a housewife called “Nana” following the arrest of 16 individuals since 30 November, under the operation was named “Ops Pintar Nana”.
The police have also rescued 2 three-month-old baby boys, a four-month-old baby girl, and a five-year-old girl.
According to Kosmo, Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said a series of raids had been carried out after they received a report on the baby-trafficking activity from a couple on 30 November.
He said the main mastermind, a 33-year-old housewife nicknamed Nana, was arrested at a homestay around Melaka Tengah which was used as a place for midwifery services on 16 December.
At the end of last month, a couple lodged a police report on the adoption of a child with a payment of RM12,000, but were not given any birth documents.
“Through the investigations, we managed to track down this baby-trafficking syndicate and arrested 14 members, including the mastermind.” he said at a press conference at the Melaka Tengah District Police Headquarters (IPD) yesterday (20 December).
Abd Majid said the syndicate used social media platforms to identify those who were pregnant out of wedlock and offered them midwifery services at avenues identified by the syndicate as well as payments.
“They made an agreement with these young women to provide basic necessities until the baby is born, including a midwife to take care of it.”
“This syndicate hides itself by making home stays around the district as ‘hospitals’ to take care of the pregnant mother for a period of a month before giving birth,” he said.
Abdul Majid said the syndicate had been active since March 2020 and they sold the babies to childless couples in Melaka and Negeri Sembilan for RM12,000.
He explained that the parents who agreed will make the payment in stages, while the payment to the pregnant mother is not included and depends on the kindness of the adoptive mother.
“We are still tracking down 3 more babies who are believed to have been handed over to adoptive families and a 27-year-old local midwife.”
“This case is being investigated under Section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act (2007) (ATIPSOM) and convicted can be jailed for a minimum of three years and a maximum of 20 years and a fine,” he said.