US Woman Charged With Trafficking After Concealing Baby at Philippines Airport

By Bowen Xiao | |

American Jennifer Erin Talbot from Ohio is escorted after a press conference by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila, Philippines on Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Officials say an American woman attempted to bring a 6-day-old baby from the Philippines into the United States by keeping it hidden inside a sling bag she was carrying. The woman was arrested at an airport in Manila and charged with human trafficking.

Jennifer Erin Talbot managed to pass through the airport’s immigration counter on Sept. 4 without declaring the baby but was later intercepted at the boarding gate by airline personnel, officials said a day later.

Airport officials say the 43-year-old Ohio woman was not able to produce key documents for the baby boy, such as a passport, boarding pass, or government permit. They said Talbot had planned to board a Delta Air Lines flight to the United States with the concealed baby.

Talbot was wearing an orange detainee shirt and handcuffs when presented to reporters in Manila on Sept. 5. She kept her head low and wiped away tears at times. She refused to comment to reporters.

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