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November 12, 2013 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Airports, for security reasons, are well equipped with closed-circuit television cameras and other surveillance equipment.

They are deployed to detect drug and weapon smuggling, theft or suspicious activity. Sometimes they are used for other purposes. Authorities in Turkey used CCTV to unravel a plot after a young woman was seen trying to sell her four-month-old baby. Investigations led to the arrest of a 22-year-old woman, identified only as Dinara A.

She was sighted arriving in a taxi at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport with her mother, bearing the child in a carrycot.

Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper reports that a mother was later arrested for allegedly trying to sell her baby to a couple in a toilet at the airport.

Turkish police released CCTV footage showing how the woman apparently arranged to meet up with buyers of her infant: a Turkish-born German couple.

It can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hCydUZBZYA

It opens with Dinara stepping out of a yellow cab with the baby in a carrycot, followed by her mother.

The security film then shows the buyers walking around the airport, the woman with a handbag and then man with a red suitcase. Various cameras capture the moment when Dinara enters a public toilet with the baby, with the other woman following.

Dinara then leaves empty-handed and the other woman has the baby. The plot came unstuck, police say, when the German woman, the buyer, realised she could not get the baby through passport control. She took the baby back to the toilet – and then phoned police  claiming she had found it there.

Police investigations did the rest. Dinara had agreed to hand over the child to the other couple in exchange for about AUD 530, Dogan News Agency reported.

Result: the baby was returned to its mother, Dinara, who was arrested at the airport. Dinara, her mother and the baby were then all deported to Turkmenistan, having been found to be illegal immigrants in Turkey.

The German woman (who initially claimed she only wanted to help by lending the baby’s mother some money) was warned and released after giving evidence about the plot.

Written by : Peter Needham

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