(ALJAZEERA) – A Tanzanian man has been arrested for selling his six-year-old daughter to be killed so that her body parts could be used in a potion to make him rich, police said Saturday.
A police statement said that the child, Rose Japhet, was killed last week and her body found in the southwestern district of Mbeya, in a region has been hit by a spate of ritual killings of children.
“The motive of this murder was monetary. The father of the deceased took his daughter to a businessman for 5 million shillings (US$2,000) for her to be killed and her right foot amputated.”
The businessman, who was also arrested, was meant to “give the foot to a healer so that he would make a product which would make him (the father) prosperous”, said the statement.
The businessman admitted his involvement and police are still hunting for the healer.
The United Nations condemned the killings at the time.