PNG Baby Sold By Father, Returned To His Mother

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Police arrest father and man who bought son

By Dellyanne Ilai

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Aug. 27, 2015) – The two-month-old baby boy sold by his father for K500 [US$175] last week has been returned to his mother, police say.

National Capital District Met Supt Andy Bawa told The National yesterday that Tyle Pori was back with his mother Evodiah Saulap, who had lodged a complaint with police.

His father Keret Pori, 32, from East Sepik, sold him last Saturday to Abol Mikel from Wabag, following a row with wife Saulap.

Bawa said both Pori, who sold the child, and Mikel who bought him for K500, were in police custody.

Police retrieved the baby boy yesterday from Mikel’s home at 5-Mile.

Bawa said Mikel surrendered himself to police for questioning.

"This is a human being and should not be sold like a commodity," Bawa said.

He warned parents intending to sell their babies that they would be dealt with severely.

"Babies have to be treated with care and parents have a responsibility for the child’s welfare to ensure he or she is in good condition," he said.

Mikel and his wife Rose had refused to return the child, saying they had spent a lot of money to buy milk and other necessities for him.

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