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Madeleine McCann And Making News About Child Trafficking

by | 24th, June 2007

SKY news says:

The abduction of Madeleine McCann may be linked to a trafficking network that sees children put on the market for £7,000, detectives have said.

Eastern European gangs are holding auctions in supermarket car-parks in Portugal and France.

Officers in France have released details of the trade, as they believe it may be related to the four-year-old’s disappearance, a Sky source said.

In one case, the mother of a baby boy was arrested for attempting to sell her baby North of Lisbon.

Paulo Reis, a journalist on the ground in Portugal, counters:

Sky News makes (again…) a MANIPULATION OF ONE SINGLE CASE, publishing FACTS THAT ARE FAKE, MISLEADING AND DISTORTED, at least IN WHAT CONCERNS TO PORTUGAL. Let’s take a look of what really happened, in the case referred by Sky News, “the mother of a baby boy that was arrested for attempting to sell her baby North of Lisbon.”

1 – A couple of Romanian gypsies, currently living in Guimarães, North of Portugal, was accused, by local residents of Sousel, a small city in Alentejo, South of Portugal, of trying to sell his three months old baby. They knocked at several doors, in Sousel, and asked the residents if they wanted to buy the baby. Cecília Guimarães, a woman of 34 years to whom the Romanian couple offered the baby, told the mother to give the child to an institution, as “the baby was crying from hunger”. The mother refused and went away.

Cecília Guimarães went immediately to Police and filled a report about the case. She told Diário de Notícias that the mother didn’t asked for a specific amount of money, she just wanted to sell the baby. Few minutes after, GNR (Portuguese rural police) detained the Romanian couple. The baby showed signals of being undernourished and dehydrated, so the local “Child Protection Commission” (a Government body with legal authority to act in any situation of endangered children) gave orders to GNR to send the baby to Paediatric Section of Portalegre Hospital, where she was recovering well. The parents, 20 and 35 years old, will be submitted to a court hearing today (May 25).

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