Interior Ministry releases statement

Iraqi agents catch man selling his daughter for $5,000

BAGHDAD, September 11 — Iraqi intelligence agents apprehended a man accused of selling his underage daughter for $5,000 to a group of unidentified individuals in Baghdad, according to a statement released Monday by the Ministry of Interior.

The Ministry’s statement read:

In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful,

“Wealth and children are the adornment of this worldly life, but the everlasting good deeds are far better with your Lord in reward and in hope.”

The Almighty has spoken the truth.

The specialized intelligence teams combating organized crime in Baghdad received precise information about an individual offering a minor girl for sale for a sum of money totaling $5,000.

Immediately, an intelligence team was assembled to investigate and gather information about the time and location of the girl’s sale, with the aim of thwarting the sale and apprehending the criminals.

After completing all necessary judicial and intelligence procedures, a well-planned operation led to the arrest of the accused who had attempted to sell the minor girl.

Upon preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the accused was the father of the minor girl, and he had offered her for sale to unknown individuals, disregarding his daughter’s fate, in exchange for a sum of $5,000. His statements have been documented, and he has been referred to the relevant authorities for prosecution on charges related to human trafficking, ready to face just punishment.

The Intelligence Agency urges all citizens to report any unlawful activities throughout Iraq by calling the toll-free hotline at 144.