Owerri - Girls as young as 12 are being forced to work in "baby factory's". Police found six pregnant teenagers in a house in Obigbo, Rivers State,aged between 12 and 15 years,the Daily Trust reports.
A herbalist, named Rose Nwachukwu Azubuike is alleged to be the owner of the factory. Azubike, the owner of Rose Natural Clinic and another woman , with a one-week old baby were also arrested. The police said Azubike takes care of the girls before selling the babies.
In June of this year, the Department of State Services (DSS) carried out an operation with the help of the police in which they uncovered a home with 16 pregnant women who had been forced to have babies withe the sole purpose to sell the infants into trafficking. Human trafficking is widespread in west Africa,
where children are bought from their families to work in plantations,
mines and factories or as domestic help.
Others are sold into prostitution, and less commonly they are tortured or sacrificed in black magic rituals.
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