KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said today they have broken up a child trafficking syndicate and rescued 21 children and babies.
Police in the northern state of Penang said 23 women and 20 men suspected of trying to buy the children were detained last night, following a nationwide operation which began late last December.
Some 33 people who ran the trafficking syndicate were arrested last month when police rescued eight babies, the national news agency Bernama reported.
The traffickers offered poor foreign women up to $1,500 for their children, it said.
Earlier reports have said such children can be sold on for as much as $6,000.