CAIRO: Seven people are under investigation, charged with selling an adopted 8-month-old child for 17,000 EGP ($2,227.55) in Sohag (Upper Egypt), Youm7 reported Wednesday.
A couple, Bahaa el-Din and his wife Abeer, is accused of selling the baby they adopted in November 2014. The case was discovered when a social worker in the orphanage called the police to report the incident.
According to the initial investigation, the couple claimed that the baby died in April and asked an employee, called al-Fareed, in a health office to obtain a death certificate for the child without sending a doctor to conduct a medical check for the baby.
The couples obtained the certificate and then notified the orphanage house of the death, violating the house’s regulations; a house doctor is required to check the baby to ascertain the reasons behind the death.
Plotting with other two social workers in the orphanage house, the couple sent the baby back to the house as the two workers took 2,000 EGP ($262) in exchange for arranging the sale of the baby to another family for 17,000 EGP. The other family, an elderly man and his wife, obtained a false birth certificate for the baby, claiming that the boy is their biological son.
The house reportedly fell under the umbrella of the Ministry of Health, although such associations should be monitored by the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
The orphanage is not officially affiliated with the Health Ministry, the ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdul Ghaffar told The Cairo Post Wednesday.
In January, an orphanage manager was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of exploiting children and making them work as beggars.
In October, an employee of an orphanage in Ismailia governorate called on police forces to stop violations committed against female orphans who had been sexually abused by a supervisor. In August, security forces stormed another orphanage in the Giza district of Haram to arrest the manager, who had been filmed by his wife beating and torturing the children.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Maqboul