Nigeria Baby Farm
June 4, 2011 by staff
Nigeria Baby Farm, If Beyoncé had become convinced that girls “run the world”, it just might have a change of mentality in the light of this disturbing story. The BBC reports that the Nigerian police have assaulted a hospital in the southeastern city of Aba, rescuing 32 girls pregnant supposedly held by a ring of human trafficking.
The girls were between 15 and 17 years of age. Abia state chief of police say were used to produce babies that were sold for the purpose of witchcraft ritual or adoption. Dr. Jacinto Orik, the owner of Cross Foundation hospital, denies this, insisting that running a foundation to help teenagers with unwanted pregnancies, not a “baby farm.”
Police Commissioner Bala Hassan Abia State said four babies, and is sold in a settlement of alleged trafficking in persons and not collected, however, were also recovered in the raid on the hospital. Some of the girls rescued in Aba told police that after their newborn babies were sold, the owner of the hospital and gave them 170.
UNICEF estimates that at least 10 children are sold every day across Nigeria, where human trafficking is the third most common crime after-economic fraud and drug trafficking. However, the BBC Mbah Fidel, in the southern city of Port Harcourt, said it was very unusual for dealers to be caught and prosecuted. Police said Orik likely to face charges of child abuse and human trafficking.
According to the BBC, the purchase or sale of babies is illegal in Nigeria and could carry a prison sentence of 14 years. This is great news that he was detained and charged, but only 14? For this horrible crime – selling babies to the highest bidder, possibly to be killed – that we would see a zero nailed to the end of that sentence.
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