Friday, 1 November 2013
Six pregnant girls freed in baby factory raid
"A lady was found in suspicious circumstances with a day old baby and after interrogation she confessed that she gave birth to a baby in Port Harcourt," the police spokeswoman said. Elomoko said police detectives followed the girl to Port Harcourt where six expectant mothers were found in a clinic run by a woman. "The woman could not produce any document authorising her to operate the clinic and she was subsequently arrested," she said. She said the girls also told police that they were being kept in the home to make babies which would be sold to willing buyers. Elomoko said the suspect would be taken to court after a police investigation. Nigerian police have uncovered a series of alleged baby factories in recent years, notably in the southeastern part of the country. Baby boys can sell for a price of around $250, baby girls for slightly less. Human trafficking, including the selling of children, is the third most common crime in Nigeria behind fraud and drug trafficking, according to the United Nations.