Egyptian police say they have broken up a child-trafficking ring that sold almost 300 babies for US$570 ($700) each or less.
A police official said they arrested five suspects, including two nurses and a doctor working at the Cairo hospital where the babies were sold for almost three years. Police are searching for the hospital manager who escaped arrest.
The official said the network also performed Caesarean operations on women who had left it too late to abort an unwanted child in exchange for letting the doctors sell the babies, usually to couples unable to have their own.
Adoption is illegal in Egypt. Some couples have sought to bypass the ban by buying children.
In 2009, an American couple received a two-year jail sentence after a court convicted them of buying a child from an orphanage.