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A Kenyan Hospital Worker Caught Selling a Baby on the Black Market is Convicted 

Fred Leparan, who worked at Nairobi’s Mama Lucy Kibaki hospital, was filmed accepting $2,500 to sell a baby boy under the hospital’s care. He was arrested in 2020 following a BBC Africa Eye investigation. Leparan was charged alongside another hospital employee, Selina Awour, with child theft. The pair will be sentenced on 26 September. An Africa Eye reporter initially approached Leparan posing as a potential buyer, after hearing from a source that the senior clinical social worker was involved in illegal child trafficking from the government-run hospital. A meeting was arranged at the hospital, where Leparan asked the undercover reporter, who said she and her husband had struggled to conceive, only cursory questions about their situation before agreeing to sell the baby boy.