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Nigeria’s Notorious Baby Factories Raided

Police in Nigeria have rescued 10 people, including four children, four pregnant women and two other women from an illegal maternity home, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The operation was carried out at the so-called “baby factory” in the Mowe area of the southwestern Ogun state on Tuesday. The women told police that the owner hired men to impregnate them and then sell the newborns for profit. The “factories” are usually small illegal facilities parading as private medical clinics that house pregnant women and offer their babies for sale. In some cases, young women have been held against their will and raped before their babies are sold on the black market. Oyeyemi said the operator had been previously arrested for the same offence. “She had been standing trial for human trafficking after her arrest early this year but she was on bail when she went back to her usual business.” Police raids on illegal maternity units are relatively common in Nigeria, especially in the south.