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Albanian babies sold in Salonica

TIRANA (AFP) – Albanian police have arrested two people accused of offering pregnant women around 815 euros for their newborn babies to be sold in Greece, Albania’s Interior Ministry said yesterday. Detectives are also investigating whether organs from the babies were removed and sold, sources close to the case said. Police named the two arrested suspected baby traffickers as Nazmi Kreshka and Lauresha Hoxha, and said they targeted poor, pregnant women. They supplied false documents and arranged for them to give birth in private clinics in Thessaloniki, police said. As soon as they had given birth, the women were taken back to Albania and paid. Police released part of the statement of one woman, 30-year-old D. Ajdini, who allegedly sold her baby. «I was received in a small Thessaloniki hospital by a doctor around 50 years old, with blond hair, who spoke some Albanian,» the statement said. «Without any preliminary examination, he made me enter the operating room straight away and I had a cesarean. Afterward I was treated at the clinic worse than a dog.»