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Egyptian hospital staff arrested for baby selling operation

By Greta McClain     Nov 11, 2012 in World
Cairo - Egyptian police officials have announced the arrest of five individuals who were involved in a baby selling operation at a Cairo hospital.
According to an AFP report, the group would pay families 570 U.S. dollars for a baby. For the same fee, they would also perform caesarians on women who did not want their baby, but had waited too late to obtain an abortion.
Those arrested included 2 nurses and 1 doctor. Police are still searching for a hospital administrator who remains at large.
Although abortion is legal when the mother's life is in danger, under Egypt's Islamic law, adoption is illegal. Those families who cannot conceive children often try and bypass the law by purchasing "unwanted" children according to News.com.
The Daily Beast says it is estimated that approximately 300 babies have been sold by the group over the past three years.
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