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A sex worker sold her three-week-old baby for the equivalent of £1,200.
The 23-year-old mum was arrested by Ogun State Police in Nigeria on August 18 following a tip-off from the baby's father.
The new dad told police at the Mowe Divisional Police Headquarters, Ogun State, that he had had a relationship with sex worker Mary Olatayo, which led to the pregnancy.
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He said he rented an apartment for them, where they lived together, until she gave birth to their son.
Three weeks after the birth, he claims that Mary vanished, taking his son with her. According to the Daily Post, Mary relocated to a hotel to "hook up" with another man.
“All efforts to know where the baby is proved futile,” Ogun police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi quoted the man as saying.
The spokesman added that during the interrogation Mary “confessed to the police that she has sold the baby to someone in Anambra State at the rate of six hundred thousand Naira.
“She confessed that it was her friend, Chioma Esther Ogbonna, who led her to the buyer in the state and that they both shared the money equally.”
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Chioma corroborated Mary’s claims and was also arrested.
The spokesman added that Mary “is a call girl who sees the baby as a disturbance to her business, hence she decided to do away with the baby”.
In other news, residents living next door to a flat being used by prostitutes and their clients can finally get some peace and quiet after a closure order was issued on the noisy property.
Neighbours say the flat was causing havoc for people living nearby, day and night. According to one local, people were discovered having sex in a public alleyway near the flat on more than one occasion.
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