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In and around the capital Manila, newborn babies are being bought and sold, according to a local television report.
There is new information that babies may be for sale outside some Manila hospitals in the Philippines.
The channel claimed to have busted syndicates of women who are selling their babies for a profit, while at the same time, reported some babies may have been kidnapped.
The report said the babies are being sold for as little as $120 to $500, mostly to couples having trouble conceiving.
Apparently, in an effort to combat the problem, some hospitals are tagging babies with wrist alarms.
GMA reported, in Medical City in Pasig, "every newborn baby is attached with a mechanical tag which is paired with another tag worn by the mother" that will trigger an alarm if the two are separated by a certain distance.
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I am 29 years old and pregnant with my third child. I am looking for a couple which will support me during my pregnancy. After the birth I will give up my child’s custody. I am unemployed and have no healthcare insurance. I cannot afford the costs of a doctor and therefore I am looking for someone who can help me. I would like to get in touch only with dedicated couples as I want to give my child to a lovely family that will give the child everything that I cannot.
Eu sou contra este esquemas de veder os bebês recêm- nascidos em Manila isto é uma guerra contra a sociedade de Manila as autoridades devem desenvolver projectos de segurança para as classes mais desfavorecidas