Four people have been arrested in Spain for trying to sell a newborn baby for EUR 15,000.
The crime was exposed when a woman in labour was admitted to the Virgen del Rocio Hospital in Seville on 16th March, where staff grew suspicious after the woman presented documents belonging to another person.
The National Police became involved and detained two married couples after determining that they had allegedly participated in an attempt to sell the baby that was about to be born in the hospital.
They reportedly became suspicious when they realised that the identity papers the woman presented to doctors at the hospital belonged to a person who had requested in vitro fertilisation treatment in the past because she was unable to have children.
The authorities allege that the four detainees, who have not been named, planned to give the baby to the other woman after it was born because the couple could not have children.
There was also said to be up to EUR 15,000 involved, according to local media.
The newborn baby was taken into protective custody by the authorities, with the two couples charged and released.
They face charges of illegal trafficking and the sale of a child, as well as falsifying documents.
The investigation is ongoing.