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1/21/2014 (10 months ago)

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Girl was reportedly coerced by mother, sister - who are also in custody

An 18-year-old Chilean girl, since identified as Veronica Carrera Chaparro, has been arrested on suspicion of trying to sell her unborn child on the social networking site Facebook. Chaparro was reportedly coerced to sell her baby by her mother and older sister - who are now also under arrest.

According to the police, the girl's 42-year-old mother Angela Chaparro and her 24-year-old sister Daniela Perez reportedly gave her three options. 'Sell it, abort it or give it up for adoption,' is what police chief Miguel Ampuero said she was asked to decide.

According to the police, the girl's 42-year-old mother Angela Chaparro and her 24-year-old sister Daniela Perez reportedly gave her three options. "Sell it, abort it or give it up for adoption," is what police chief Miguel Ampuero said she was asked to decide.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/21/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Chile, human trafficking, Facebook, baby selling, arrest


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Police claim that Chaparro found out she was two months pregnant in February of last year. She told her then 17-year-old boyfriend and made him promise to keep the news quiet . but he later broke the secret and told her family.
 
According to the police, Chaparro's 42-year-old mother Angela Chaparro and her 24-year-old sister Daniela Perez reportedly gave her three options. "Sell it, abort it or give it up for adoption," is what police chief Miguel Ampuero said she was asked to decide.

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The unborn baby was put up for sale on Facebook, and attracted immediate interest from a couple in the city of Concepcion. The parties were unable to negotiate a deal.

A family from the Santiago neighborhood of Puente Alto then got in touch, who offered to pay the child's $1,135 formal registration fees. Born on November 4 of last year, the following day, the husband of the buyers allegedly paid the sum to authorities.

He then handed over the much-smaller amount to the birth mother, who lived in the Maipu district of the capital, reports Cooperativa.

All appeared before a court in Santiago this past weekend. While Judge Ernesto Silva said the case was "very serious," he noted that it could prove "complex" because under Chilean law it is "not a crime to offer over the internet the delivery of a newborn, even though financial compensation is offered."

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