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Babies and other crazy things criminals sell on Instagram

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INDONESIAN authorities said they arrested four people in connection to a baby-selling ring that uses Instagram recently in yet another revelation of how criminal elements abuse social media websites.

The bust came after the authorities intercepted a transaction from an account claiming to be an adoption agency which posted pictures of pregnant women, ultrasound scans and babies, according to the BBC.

Police in the port city of Surabaya said the account listed a phone number so that interested buyers could contact the seller via WhatsApp.

The authorities said after tracing the transaction, they are now looking for one baby who was recently sold.

“People who want to adopt children use that account and the transaction is completed through WhatsApp,” Col Sudamiran, Surabaya’s chief detective, said.

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The company in question had disguised itself as a consultation offering to solve family problems. With 700 followers, the Instagram account featured babies with their faces blurred out, along with details such as age, location and religion.

The account also featured what appeared to........

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