An unemployed woman accused of buying a two-month-old baby for GH¢500.00 has been put before an Accra Circuit Court for human trafficking.
Patience Gyan, 21, denied the charge and the court presided over by Ms Sedina Agbemava granted her bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with three sureties.
Patience is to reappear on December 5.
Prosecuting, Detective Chief Inspector Samuel Sarkwah told the court that the complainant, Ms Patience Acquah, is a trader residing at Sowutuom in Accra, while the accused person resides at Kojokrom in the Western Region.
Prosecution said somewhere in February this year, the accused person got pregnant but in her fourth month had a miscarriage and later broke up with her boyfriend.
According to prosecution, Patience Acquah then left for Kojokrom in Sekondi, where she befriended another man. During her stay, the accused person struck an acquaintance with the baby’s mother, an epileptic patient who had delivered a baby two months earlier.
Prosecution said the accused person feigned interest in caring for the baby because of the mother’s condition.
Inspector Sarkwah said the accused person further discussed with the complainant, who is the aunt of the baby’s mother, to take away the baby, but she registered her displeasure over the issue.
The complainant, based on the advice of a medical doctor, took the baby to Sowutuom in Accra and in September this year, Patience Gyan followed up to her house and expressed interest in buying the toddler.
On November 4, this year, the accused person visited the complainant and at about 1930 hours, again expressing interest in buying the baby.
Prosecution said the complainant who had earlier alerted the police gave the baby to the accused person who promised to remit her on her next visit. As soon as the Patience Gyan stepped out with the baby, the police who had laid ambush nabbed her as she broke down in tears.
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