Two jailed over north-east London baby sale plot

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A woman and a man have been jailed over a plot to sell an 11-month-old girl in north-east London.

The 29-year-old woman was jailed for seven years and the man, 48, was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy to commit child cruelty and holding another person in slavery.

The pair, of north-east London, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were jailed at Inner London Crown Court.

They were arrested after an undercover News of the World investigation.

Another man, 31, was cleared of the same charges.

Following the conviction Det Ch Supt Gordon Briggs, head of the Child Abuse Investigation Command at Scotland Yard, said: "This was an appalling case where individuals have attempted to sell a vulnerable child for their own personal gain and with no consideration whatsoever for her safety and future.

"We thank the News of the World for bringing this case to our attention and we are indebted to our partners in Newham Social Services who joined us in a fast-moving operation to recover the victim and remove her to safety."

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