Nigeria cops uncover 2nd 'baby factory'
15 May 2013, 18:03
Lagos - Nigerian police on Wednesday said they had found six
pregnant teenage girls in a raid on a house and arrested three people suspected
of planning to sell their babies.
It was the second so-called baby-factory uncovered in a week
in the west African nation.
"We acted on intelligence information and raided the
house in Enugu [city] where we met six girls, under 17 and all pregnant, and
freed them," police spokesperson Ebere Amaraizu in southeastern Enugu
state told AFP .
He said two men and a woman believed to be operating a child
trafficking ring were arrested during the raid on Monday and were cooperating
Amaraizu said the girls had been "lured into the house
with a promise of some money after" delivering a child.
"Investigation will unravel the details. We have to
know how they came about the pregnancy and where they came from," he said.
Monday's raid came five days after police in nearby Imo
State freed 17 pregnant girls and 11 small children from a home in the town of
The girls, aged between 14 and 17, told police that they had
been impregnated by a 23-year-old man who is currently in custody. The owner of
the building is on the run.
Nigerian police have uncovered a series of alleged baby
factories in recent years, notably in the southeastern part of the country, but
the intended buyers of the children have not been established.
Human trafficking, including the selling of children, is the
third most common crime in Nigeria behind fraud and drug trafficking, the
United Nations cultural organisation (Unesco) has said.
In May of 2011 in south-eastern Abia state, police freed 32
pregnant girls who said they had been offered to sell their babies for between
25 000 and 30 000 naira ($191), depending on the sex of the baby.
Another 17 pregnant girls were discovered in southern
Anambra state in October 2011 under similar circumstances.