Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 25 November 2019 | 925 times
Two baby factories which allegedly specialise in selling babies to childless couples have been discovered in Anambra State.
It was gathered that the factory located in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state houses pregnant teenage girls until they deliver.
The factories discovered by the Anambra state special anti-child trafficking task force and led by the state Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Neidi Mezue, is made up of two houses.
It was also learnt that another baby factory was also uncovered during the inspection of orphanage homes in Onitsha, the commercial city of the state.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, an inside source said that only girls with unwanted pregnancies related issues were kept in the room in order to keep their identities and existence secret until they deliver of their babies.
He said: “They are not well fed because the home only managed to feed them to avoid much spending as they are only interested in having the baby.
“They also pay off the young mother after delivery even if it is only a token. Baby factory business has experienced boom in the area.
“The operators deal majorly with unwanted pregnancies by young girls outside wedlock and they come here to avoid being exposed until after delivery.”
While attributing the boom it to the special categories of persons the operators dealt with, the source noted that some indigent girls are lured with money by management of some baby homes and “impregnated by men under the payroll of the baby homes.”
The inspection team was made up of operatives of the Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Service (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) and staff of the ministry.
Other areas visited by the team which goal was to inspect the general environment, sources of water, hygiene and operational licence of facilities include, community orphanages in Ogidi, Nkpor, Obosi and Onitsha.
Some people suspected to be traffickers and their victims were arrested at Onitsha by the commissioner in the course of the inspection.
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