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Diepsloot woman found guilty of child trafficking

The Pretoria High Court found a Diepsloot woman guilty of selling two children for R15,000 each.

FILE: ‘Mama Jackie’, was found guilty of selling a baby girl and a six-year-old to a couple in KwaMhlanga.  Picture: Ikageng Itireleng Aids Ministry.

JOHANNESBURG - A Diepsloot woman, who previously ran an Aids orphanage in the township, has been convicted of child trafficking in the Pretoria High Court.

Jaqueline Ramohlola, also known as 'Mama Jackie', was found guilty of selling a baby girl and a six-year-old to a couple in KwaMhlanga, for R15, 000 each, in 2012.

The couple told the court they contacted Mama Jackie after seeing her advert in a newspaper, when previous attempts to adopt were unsuccessful.

The High Court rejected Ramohlola's argument that she thought the couple were social workers who wanted to donate the money to her centre and take the children for the holidays.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Luvuyo Mfaku says she is due back in court at the end of January for sentencing.

"She went through the newspaper to advertise that she is offering adoption services. People came and paid R30, 000. The family believed they had adopted the children legally, not buying trafficked children."

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