Two Filipino women have been charged with child trafficking after one of them allegedly attempted to sell a three-month-old baby to the other. Authorities said the child’s biological mother had also been charged but was at large.
On Monday, April Rose Ramirez allegedly flew to Manila from Cagayan de Oro, a city in Mindanao, to meet with Catherine Lagustan, the alleged prospective buyer of the infant. The two women met in Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, GMA News reported.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) accused Ramirez of attempting to sell the baby to Lagustan for 30,000 pesos (US$555). However, Lagustan refused to accept the child when she saw that the baby had a cleft palate.
The NBI said that despite not taking the baby, Lagustan was willing to make a payment to the child’s biological mother, and pay Ramirez an additional 3,500 pesos.
Ramirez and Lagustan were arrested and charged with child trafficking.
The child was turned over to the care of the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development.