A doctor among three detained under Ops Baby as police move in to smash baby-selling syndicates

Dec 1, 2016
Federal CID director Commissioner Mohmad Salleh.
Federal CID director Commissioner Mohmad Salleh.

Police have detained three people, including a 38-year-old woman, known as Bonda, and a 54-year-old private clinic doctor, to help their investigations on the allegations of baby selling syndicates in Malaysia.

Both suspects have been remanded to help probe on trafficking of children under Section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

The raids were carried out by a specially set up task force, dubbed Ops Baby.

The task force swiftly launched a series of raids in the Klang Valley – three clinics and four premises in Klang, Puchong, Seremban, Sepang and Tanjung Sepat on Wednesday, and picked up the suspects.

Led by Supt Cha Hoong Fong, the task force consisting 32 personnel from the (D7C) anti-trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants unit with the help of D10 and D11, launched the raids.

The raids were part of the task force to investigate allegations of rampant sale of babies in Malaysia as alleged in a documentary aired by Al Jazeera.

“Operations will be on-going to track other individuals,” said federal CID director Commissioner Mohmad Salleh when confirming the case.

Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said recently that the 25-minute video, which aired on Nov 25, had portrayed Malaysia as a hub for the booming sale of babies, with syndicates working together with civil servants.

“We do not deny that there are cases of babies for sale in the country, but it is not as simple as portrayed in the documentary and we are constantly monitoring these illicit activities,” he was quoted as saying.