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An American woman was detained at the Manila airport in the Philippines after she allegedly tried to leave the country with a six-day-old baby in her hand luggage on September 4, CNN reports citing local authorities.
Melvin Mabulac, Philippines Immigration Bureau spokesman, received a report about the incident on Wednesday at around 6:00 am.
Mabulac said that the child was found in the 43-year-old woman’s bag at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. As per a report in CNN Philippines, the baby was just six-day-old.
While speaking about the incident, Mabulac elaborated that the woman seemingly travelled alone and had presented her personal passport at the airport. The child was found inside her large carry-on suitcase after the staff inspected it. No documents of the baby were presented.
“She did not have any travel documents for the infant,” the spokesman said, CNN reports. As per the report in CNN Philippines, the woman told authorities at the airport that she was the child’s aunt but no evidence was provided of their relationship.
The Philippines National Bureau of Investigation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division is investigating the case.