Mumbai, Oct 9: It was revealed that babies born to poor parents in Mumbai’s Wadala area were being sold to engineers and doctors for Rs 4-4.5 lakh each after police arrested Julia Fernandes (29) a child trafficker last month. Julia was arrested by the Wadala Truck Terminal police after they busted a child-trafficking racket.Also Read - India’s First High-Speed Bullet Train Set to Run on Track by 2026, Railway Minister Makes Big Announcement

While probing the baby-selling racket, police found that three babies were sold to a doctor in Worli, a software engineer from Bengaluru and a gynaecologist-paediatrician couple in Thane.  The engineer and Thane couple paid her Rs 4.5 lakh and 4 lakh respectively. Also Read - Maharashtra Covid Update: 17 International Passengers From ‘At-Risk’ Countries Test Positive

The amount paid by the Worli doctor is not revealed. A source informed Times of India that the accused was a patient of the Worli doctor and that’s how they must have planned. Also Read - Out Of 30,000 Travellers Screened For COVID, 10 Test Omicron Positive So Far In Maharashtra

Police stated that Julia brought a seven-day-old boy from a couple Munna Shaikh and Shazia for Rs 20,000 and was about to sell him for Rs 1.5 lakh. However, she was caught by the Wadala Truck Terminal police before she could sell the baby to a buyer. Munna Shaikh told police that he sold his baby as he wanted to pay his loan of Rs 1 lakh, reported TOI.

Upon further investigation, police found no money in Julia’s bank accounts. However, they found at least 50-60 photographs of children but they are yet to ascertain their identities and whether they were sold or not. The police teams have visited Bengaluru and Delhi to look out for child traffickers and buyers and are still making inquiries.