Police in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital, have picked up three persons for their roles in a failed attempt to buy a baby from a prostitute at a slum community.
The slum community where the incident occurred, Asafo BB, is notorious for prostitution and other crimes.
A news report published by Myjoyonline.com on Thursday explains that the unnamed woman who attempted buying the baby from the prostitute had been married for ten years without a child.
She contacted a commercial sex worker at the sprawling slum to help her get a baby to buy. She wanted a baby that was less than two months old.
The report indicates that although the commercial sex worker promised to help get the baby, she later changed her mind because the practice of prostitutes selling their babies at Asafo BB was fast becoming another of the nefarious activities taking place in the area.
For prostitutes, getting pregnant is bad for business so commercial workers who are unable to abort their babies before they are born sell to willing buyers, the report explained.
After securing a baby from a colleague sex worker, the sex worker who was helping the buyer to secure the baby also engaged a group of young men to help her to expose the woman who contracted her.
Negotiation got heated up when the prospective baby buyer – who was now in the company of two other ladies – realised that the baby presented was five months old. She wanted a two-month-old baby.
During a brief argument that ensued during the negotiation, the young men who were engaged to expose the prospective baby buyer showed up and dragged the woman to the offices of Luv FM in Kumasi.
Police were alerted about the incident and they picked up the woman who had been negotiating to buy the baby and the gentlemen.
The two men were arrested because they are alleged to have stolen money from one of the women in the company of the prospective baby buyer.
All of them have since been granted bail while police conduct investigations into the matter.
The baby has also been returned safely to the mother.