Authorities in Nigeria revealed their recent bust of a “baby factory” located in the southern city of Aba, where the owner of a clinic known as The Cross Foundation was harboring pregnant girls with plans to sell their newborns into the country’s human trafficking and sex trade markets.
According to Agence France-Presse, some of the girls (who ranged in age from 15 to 17-years-old) told police that the clinic’s owner Dr. Hyacinth Orikara forced them to sell their infants to him for less than $200 depending on the sex of the baby. The women were taken to the regional headquarters of an anti-trafficking organization.
“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,” police commissioner Bala Hassan said.
Rituals??? These motherfu*kers are truly DERANGED!!!
As wild as this may sound to us, baby factories/baby farms are reportedly common in western Africa, and according to UN numbers, human trafficking is the third most common crime in Nigeria after fraud and drug trafficking. In cases such as this, baby farms sell the newborns to the highest bidder and the children are used for work in factories and mines or as sex slaves.
Dr. Orikara has denied the charges, telling Nigeria’s Daily Champion newspaper that the clinic simply cared for teenagers with unwanted pregnancies. Police say he could face up to 14 years in prison for selling babies.
Dozens of pregnant teenagers could face charges after being accused of planning to sell their babies to a child trafficking operation, officials said Thursday. Thirty-two girls between 15 and 18 years old were arrested Saturday during the raid of a clinic in Abia State, the state police chief said. The director of the clinic was also arrested, accused of buying babies from the young mothers for $160 to $190 and selling them to childless couples for up to $6,400. He denied the charge, saying he was a volunteer doctor who placed unwanted babies in orphanages.