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Nigerian 'baby factory' raided, 32 teenage girls freed

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    Nigerian baby factory raided, 32 teenage girls freed . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jun 1, 2011 LAGOS (AFP) – Nigerian police have raided a home allegedly being
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2011
      Nigerian 'baby factory' raided, 32 teenage girls freed

      Jun 1, 2011 LAGOS (AFP) – Nigerian police have raided a home
      allegedly being used to force teenage girls to have babies that were
      then offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes, authorities
      said on Wednesday.

      "We stormed the premises of the Cross Foundation in Aba three days ago
      following a report that pregnant girls aged between 15 and 17 are being
      made to make babies for the proprietor," said Bala Hassan, police
      commissioner for Abia state in the country's southeast.

      "We rescued 32 pregnant girls and arrested the proprietor who is
      undergoing interrogation over allegations that he normally sells the
      babies to people who may use them for rituals or other purposes."....

      Hassan said the owner of the "illegal baby factory" is likely to face
      child abuse and human trafficking charges. Buying or selling of babies
      is illegal in Nigeria and can carry a 14-year jail term....

      In 2008, police raids revealed an alleged network of such clinics,
      dubbed baby "farms" or "factories" in the local press.

      Cases of child abuse and people trafficking are common in West Africa.
      Some children are bought from their families to for use as labour in
      plantations, mines, factories or as domestic help.

      Others are sold into prostitution while a few are either killed or
      tortured in black magic rituals. NAPTIP says it has also seen a trend of
      illegal adoption.

      "There is a problem of illict adoption and people not knowing the right
      way to adopt children," said Okoronkwo.

      Human trafficking is ranked the third most common crime after economic
      fraud and drug trafficking in the country, according to UNESCO.


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