The Nigerian police in Lagos state freed 19 girls and women from the den of a baby factory in the metropolitan city on Monday.
According to a report by DW-News, the girls and women are abducted from all over the country, with the promise of domestic work in Lagos but ended up impregnated by their captors with plans to sell the babies.
The girls and women, age 15-28 had been brought from all over Nigerian to work in the state, Lagos police said on Monday. Four babies were found.
“Baby Factory, as the word is popularly known, is common in the parts of eastern Nigeria. The young women were mostly abducted by suspects for the purpose of getting them pregnant and selling the babies to potential buyers.
The girls were tricked with employment as domestic staff in Lagos” said Lagos police spokesperson Bala Elkana.
Boys are sold for N500, 000 (US$1,630) and girls for N300,000 (US$980)
Nineteen women were freed from a "baby factory" in Nigeria last week. They were abducted and impregnated by captors planning to sell their babies for between $980 and $1,630. pic.twitter.com/PmNhobaAc1
— DW News (@dwnews) October 7, 2019
The girls and women were brought to Lagos by their captor from the southern and eastern states of Imo, Anambra, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers.
Elka further said that raid had taken place on September 19 but was kept hush-hush to enable the police to apprehend the suspects successively without their inkling.
Two elderly women, ages 54 and 40 were arrested in connection to the latest raid but the third one is still at large and police are the manhunt.