26.06 2020 21:38h

Three men arrested in Iran for reportedly selling babies on Instagram

Two babies were rescued from the online infant selling ring
Instagram News, Social Media News

Iranian authorities have arrested three men attempting to sell babies online, semi-official ISNA news agency reported Thursday.

A 20-day-old baby and a two-month-old child were rescued from the online infant-selling ring, the news agency said.

Tehran Police Chief Hossein Rahimi said a third baby has been identified but is yet to be found, ISNA reported.

The rescued babies were being advertised on social media platform Instagram, according to the semi-official KhabarOnline website.

One was being advertised for 400 million Iranian Riyals ($9,490), and the other for 500 million Iranian Riyals ($11,800), Rahimi said, according to KhabarOnline.

A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said that the company was investigating. "We do not allow content or behaviour on Instagram that may lead to human exploitation, which includes the sale of children for illegal adoption. We're aware of reports of this activity, and we're continuing to investigate," the statement said.

Facebook has a human exploitation policy, which covers harmful activities related to human exploitation and trafficking, and Instagram users are encouraged to report any concerning content using in-app tools or its reporting form.

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