Jerusalem man tries to sell baby to settle gambling debt
A Jerusalem resident in his 30s was arrested by an undercover police officer Thursday after he tried to sell his 3-month-old baby girl for 100,000 shekels ($ 25,700) to cover his gambling debts, police said.
The man and his wife, 27, were placed under arrest.
The baby was handed over to municipal social workers in Jerusalem and the man’s detention was extended for a week. The woman should be granted parole after the investigation is completed.
A police spokeswoman said that after receiving information about the man, and with permission from the Jerusalem district attorney’s office, the force put an undercover agent on the case. The officer encountered the man several times.
During the meetings, the man tried to speed up a deal by saying another family was interested – a claim that was not true, the spokesperson added.
The man came to a meeting with the baby on Wednesday, hoping to get a cash advance. He was arrested when he delivered the baby, and his wife was arrested after that.
An investigation into the two human trafficking suspects was underway at the interrogation division of the central police station in the capital.