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A man attempted to sell his 8-year-old son for 1 million meticais to a local entrepreneur in Nhamatanda district, Sofala province, but the man tipped off the police.
Last weekend, the citizen in the video report below was deceived by a friend into trying to sell his own 8-year-old son to an entrepreneur in Nhamatanda District where he resides.
The negotiation was brokered by the friend, who was shot in the leg by police while trying to escape.
According to the man who reported the case to the police, after being approached by the minor’s father and his friend, the pair offered to sell the child for 1.5 million meticais [ around US$24.500 at current exchange rates].
The child’s father, now detained at Nhamatanda district police command, admits that he tried to sell his son, saying he did so because he needed money for family matters, but says he acted without his wife’s knowledge.
The man who enticed the child’s father to try to sell his son was shot in the leg while trying to escape, and had to undergo amputation due to the severity of the injury.
Police in Sofala say both the father and his friend will be charged.
The case has shocked Nhamatanda residents, who profess themselves unable to understand what might prompt or justify such an outrage.