French police hold four 'baby-traffickers'

23rd July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 23 (AFP) - Four people were being held for questioning by Paris police Friday, in an enquiry into a racket in which Bulgarian mothers allegedly sold their babies to childless couples, judicial officials said.

PARIS, July 23 (AFP) - Four people were being held for questioning by Paris police Friday, in an enquiry into a racket in which Bulgarian mothers allegedly sold their babies to childless couples, judicial officials said.

Le Parisien newspaper reported that a total of ten people have been taken into custody in recent days, including the alleged ring-leaders, a Bulgarian couple in their 30s.

Police have evidence that at least two babies born to Bulgarian women in a Paris hospital have been sold on, but suspect there could be as many as ten, the newspaper said.

Investigators tapped the telephone of a young Bulgarian before she gave birth this week and heard discussions in which a price of EUR 5,000 (USD 6,100) for a girl and EUR 6,000 for a boy were mentioned, the paper said.

On Tuesday they made a series of arrests as the prospective buyers allegedly came to pick up the baby.

© AFP

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