The Federal Police arrested this Monday (4) in Valinhos, in the interior of São Paulo, a man of Portuguese nationality suspected of participating in an alleged international baby trafficking scheme.
The suspect, born in the city of Porto, Portugal, did not have his name released, so it was not possible to locate his defense. A preventive arrest warrant (without a deadline) was executed against him during Operation Deverra, which began this Monday. Federal agents also carried out five personal search and search and seizure warrants, three of them in Itatiba (80 km from the capital of São Paulo).
The police seized 11,000 dollars and 6,000 euros in a law office in Itatiba, which would be in charge of filing requests for custody of the babies. The investigation began on November 30, when the Valinhos Prosecutor’s Office informed the Federal Police about a newborn who had been abandoned by his mother in the hospital where he was born. The baby, who is still in the hospital, was registered as the son of a man with Portuguese nationality. Investigators noted that, in less than a month, the same man had registered another newborn at the same hospital as his daughter.
According to the Federal Police, the paternity records were carried out using false documents, in different courts in São Paulo. The procedures were accompanied by requests for unilateral custody of the babies, which would allow the man to leave the country with the children without the mother’s authorization.
The agents identified four trips made by the suspect between Brazil and Portugal, in 2015, 2021 and 2023. This year, the man made two trips, the most recent being on October 24. Investigations indicate that, on this last occasion, the suspect took a newborn, less than a month old, to Portugal. When she returned to São Paulo, she was no longer with the baby.
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