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A woman in Ecuador has been arrested for selling her 6-month-old baby on social media for $100,000

The six-month-old girl was rescued by the Ecuadorian police.

Ecuadorian police detained Mayra, 24, north of Quito. The woman will be investigated for the crime of human trafficking as she sold her six-month-old baby through social networks. According to officials, Myra was demanding one lakh dollars for the girl.

The arrests were the result of the Redemption VI operation, in which special agents of the National Directorate for Investigations Against Gender Violence, Women, Family, Childhood, Adolescence, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling (DINAF) participated. To arrest Mayra, uniformed officers raided her home in Quito Tenis, a wealthy area of ​​the city.

This police unit became aware of the case due to a complaint issued by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After an investigation, which included the technical procedures of the National Center for Exploited and Disappeared Minors, the Ecuadorian police carried out the operation in collaboration with the Attorney General’s Office, the US government’s Department of Homeland Security, and the non-governmental organization HAMARE. and the Child Protection System (CPS), a government agency in many states in the United States that is responsible for providing child protection.

According to the police, the rescued child will receive protective measures.

Special Agents From Ecuador And The United States Were Involved In The Rescue And Detention Operation.

Special agents from Ecuador and the United States were involved in the rescue and detention operation.

In Ecuador, according to the Criminal Code, human trafficking is the action committed by a person or persons, who capture, transport, transfer, retain or, in the country, from other countries, people for the purpose of exploitation. receives. It is divided into eight types: for the sale of organs or other tissues, for begging, for being part of armed groups, for marriage or organized unions for the purpose of reproduction, for illegal adoption , for sexual and labor exploitation, among others.

The sanction for this offense depends on the seriousness, but in general it is punishable by 13 to 16 years of imprisonment. If the victim is part of a priority focus group or is in a situation of double vulnerability or if there has been an affectionate, consensual relationship between the victim and the assailant in the form of a couple, marital, cohabitation, family or economic dependence or any civil authority , military, educational, religious or work affiliation; The sentence increases to between 16 and 19 years in prison. if the victim has suffered serious or irreversible physical or psychological harm; The penalty is between 19 and 22 years in prison.

From 2015 to July 2022, there have been 997 complaints of human trafficking. About 43% of victims are teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17. According to data from the State Attorney General’s Office collected by digital media Indomita, 15% of girls and boys are 0 to 12 years old. A global report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime indicates that 30% of trafficking victims are minors.

Myra, 24, And The Child'S Mother Were Taken Into Custody By Officers.

Myra, 24, and the child’s mother were taken into custody by officers.

In Ecuador, this is not the first time that parents of minors have tried to sell their children online.

Another heart-wrenching case came to light in May 2019. A father tried to “rent” his one-year-and-eight-month-old son for US$40 to have a man abuse his son for ten minutes. The interested party wanted to caress and touch the infant and promised its father that “he would not make him suffer.” The case was judged to be human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

In March and April 2022, there were two cases of sale of babies through social networks. The first happened in Playas, 78 kilometers from Guayaquil, a couple promoting their two daughters, 3 and 4 years old, through social networks. They asked for USD 6,000 each. The second case occurred in Chanduy, a rural parish in the coastal province of Santa Elena. A mother was even selling her two-year-old child for US$400.

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