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Indonesian police crack Instagram baby trafficking racket

AFP  |  Jakarta 

has busted a child-trafficking ring that offered babies for sale on Instagram, arresting four people including a from the resort island of Bali, police said Friday.

Police began investigating after finding offering for mothers who gave birth to children out of wedlock, police said.

A man accused of operating the account and a 22-year-old mother who allegedly put her child up for adoption were both arrested last week, police told AFP.

A and the were also arrested when police intercepted the sale last week in city.

Police said the mother wanted to sell her 11-month-old third child because she was in debt.

"The baby was sold for 15 million rupiah ($990)," Police told a press conference on Tuesday.

"According to (the mother's) statement, the baby was the result of an affair," said Sudamiran, who like many Indonesians has only one name.

Giving birth out of wedlock is highly stigmatised in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, and single mothers are sometimes shunned by their family.

The account's operator was to have pocketed Rp 2.5 million from the baby's sale, police said.

The account was still active on Friday with more than 760 followers.

It had posted dozens of black and white photos of ultrasounds and mothers whose faces were partially obscured to hide their identity.

The page claims to offer "family solutions" and lists the personal details of women offering to sell their child, including their age, religion, stage of pregnancy and health.

Potential adopters were asked to contact account administrators via The four suspects face up to 15 years in prison under Indonesia's

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 15:30 IST