The police have arrested two individuals - a 38-year-old woman, known as Bonda, and a 54-year-old private clinic doctor - that are suspected to be involved in baby trafficking.

The arrests have been made in conjunction with "Ops Baby", an operation initiated due to an investigative report by Al Jazeera last week that portrays the current situation of baby trafficking in Malaysia. Since then, the police have raided clinics in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan - including a maternity clinic and a general clinic in Klang.

"The team of 32 personnel from the (D7C) Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants unit with the help of D10 and D11, led by Supt Cha Hoong Fong, launched a series of raids in the Klang Valley," said Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh.

"They raided three clinics and four premises in Klang, Puchong, Seremban, Sepang and Tanjung Sepat," he added.

The arrests have been classified as trafficking of children under Section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act.

"Operations will be on-going to track other individuals," he said.

UNICEF Malaysia reminds not to dismiss any baby-selling allegations

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Malaysia reminded the police and other enforcement agencies that they should not dismiss any allegations of the baby-selling syndicates.

UNICEF Malaysia representative Marianne Clark-Hattingh said that child trafficking is a criminal offence under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, and that Malaysia also ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1995 and acceded to the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child pornography and child prostitution in 2012.

This meant that Malaysia is obliged to ensure all children are protected from all forms of abuse and exploitation.

"The sale of children, which is considered a crime globally, must be condemned and sanctioned in the most vigorous manner without impunity and complacency. Every single allegation must be taken very seriously. Unicef encourages the Royal Malaysian Police and other enforcement agencies to pursue further investigations and bring the alleged perpetrators to justice as soon as possible," she said in a statement.

The non-governmental organisation also urged the review of current adoption laws and processes that currently drive demand for the sale of children. MIMS

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