Zimbabwean woman arrested for selling her newborn baby in South Africa


Heartbreaking News: Mother arrested for selling her newborn son in shocking human trafficking case

In a disturbing case that has shaken the nation, a young mother from Gokwe has been arrested for the unthinkable crime of selling her own 2-day-old son while she was living in South Africa.

The 23-year-old woman, whose identity has not been released, pleaded guilty to charges of contravening Zimbabwe’s Trafficking in Persons Act during her trial in Harare. Authorities say the harrowing ordeal began on June 26th, 2023, just two days after the woman gave birth, when she allegedly sold the infant to an accomplice in Johannesburg.

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According to the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe (NPAZ), the mother had initially claimed that her baby had died shortly after birth. However, the shocking truth emerged months later in October 2023, when the accomplice smuggled the infant back into Zimbabwe.

“It is the State’s case that the accused person sold her son to her accomplice on the 26th of June 2023, two days after giving birth, in Johannesburg, South Africa,” the NPAZ stated.

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“Some time in October 2023 the accomplice smuggled the infant into Zimbabwe. The accomplice was arrested on the 27th of November 2023 following a tip off and the infant was subsequently placed under the care of the Department of Social Welfare.”

The heartbreaking case took an even more tragic turn when the mother, upon learning of her accomplice’s arrest, allegedly attempted to claim the baby back. She was then arrested herself when she returned to Zimbabwe.

“She pleaded guilty to the charges and will appear in court on the 14th of May 2024 for sentencing,” the NPAZ confirmed.

The shocking revelations have left the nation reeling, with many expressing outrage and disbelief at the mother’s actions.

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