Lagos - Poverty has been blamed for the rising cases of baby factories and child trafficking in Nigeria.
This is according to findings from a survey a regional polling agency has conducted, suggest 63 percent of Nigerians believe poverty is major factor, followed by the quest for quick money also identified as ‘Get-rich-quick syndrome’ (23 percent).
Some 10 percent cited unemployment while 6 percent each believe the problem is linked to stigma against teenage pregnancy and stigma against pregnancy out of wedlock.
According to NOIPolls, 78 percent of Nigerians stated that they were aware of the recent cases of baby factories in Nigeria, with the South-East geopolitical region having the highest level of awareness compared to other regions.
“These findings corroborates previous findings from studies conducted by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency), which identified Nigeria as one of the major hubs for trafficking in children and women,”
The firm said more findings revealed that a larger proportion (94 percent) of respondents who were aware of child-trafficking cases had no idea of the existence of baby factories within their locality.
However, 6 percent of the respondents most especially from the South-East zone claimed they were aware of a baby factory located somewhere in their locality.
Consequently, almost all the respondents indicated willingness to report cases of baby factories to the appropriate authorities (96 percent), and to support new laws & legislation to eradicate baby factories and child trafficking in Nigeria (99 percent).
The opinion poll was conducted in April involving telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. Some 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.
“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” NOIPOlls stated.
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A baby factory or baby farm, is a location where young girls and women are either coerced or tricked to get pregnant, have babies and give up their babies, which are later sold for adoption or sacrificed or witchcraft to prospective buyers.
Anecdotal evidence points to moral debasement and the rise in the early exposure of young girls to sex as the major reason behind this menace.
There is also the greed of some adult Nigerians to get rich quick, hence, they set up their heinous trades disguised as orphanages, Non-Governmental Organizations and clinics, etc. but with the intention of contracting poor young girls to get pregnant, deliver the babies, researchers said.
- CAJ News