Hippocratic oath gone bad, doctor in baby-selling syndicate

GEORGE TOWN - It was a case of the Hippocratic Oath gone wrong. A doctor, at the centre of a nationwide baby-for sale racket, has been arrested by the police in connection with a syndicate which sold babies and children since 2009.

His arrest follows the rescue of nine babies and children, aged between two months and eight years, at an undisclosed location.

Initial police investigations revealed that the nine - seven Thais, Bangladeshi-Indonesian and a local - were meant for sale to ready buyers.

A National Registration Department (NRD) civil servant, suspected to have been working in cahoots with the suspect, has also been detained.

Thirty-one other suspects linked to the syndicate have been picked up in a series of operations in Penang, Kedah and Perak since December last year, to faciliate investigations.

State police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi attributed valuable public information, fuelled by thorough police investigation, to the arrest of the suspects, aged between 23 and 52.

He said the doctor, who practised at a private medical centre, was believed to have worked closely with the NRD civil servant in the baby-for-sale racket carried out by the syndicate.

"Initial investigations have revealed that the babies and children were sold for between RM18,000 and RM30,000, depending on their physique, look and gender.

"The sales transactions came complete with registration and medical documents for its customers, most of whom were locals.

"The rescued babies and children have been placed at a shelter home supervised by the police, prior to obtaining a court order for further action," he said.

Abdul Rahim said, during the raid, the police seized five MyKid cards, 14 birth certificates, 18 medical records, all deemed to be original, as well as RM15,000.

Nevertheless, he declined to disclose details of the operation and location of the raid as investigations were underway.

The 33 suspects have been remanded to facilitate investigations under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, which carries a jail term of up to 20 years and fine, upon conviction.

Source: Bernama

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