19 women are released from the Nigerian & # 39; baby factory & # 39; where abducted women were raped so that their children could be sold for £ 1,000 each
- Police raided four buildings in Lagos, Nigeria, in use as a & # 39; baby factory & # 39;
- 19 women, all of whom were pregnant, were rescued together with four children
- Officers say that male children are sold for £ 1,000 and women for £ 700
- Two women who act as untrained nurses in the & # 39; factory & # 39; were arrested
Nineteen pregnant women and four children have been rescued from a suspected baby factory in Nigeria.
Police in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, invaded four houses on Monday and discovered the women – between 15 and 28 years old – along with the babies, one of whom was a day old, according to local reports .
Officers also arrested Happiness Ukwuoma, 40 years old and Sherifat Ipeya, 54, who allegedly worked in the factory as untrained nurses.
Nineteen pregnant women were rescued from a suspected baby factory in Nigeria, along with four infants, one of whom was reportedly one day old
Police say the majority of women were brought to Lagos with promises of housework before they were abducted and forced to have children so they could be sold
However, the police are still looking for the main suspect – a woman they identified as Mrs. Oluchi, a mother of five.
Researchers say the children would be traded and sold for £ 1,000 for a boy and £ 700 for a girl.
The majority of women were misled to leave their home villages with promises of housework in Lagos before they were forced into pregnancy, police said.
Men then took turns raping and impregnating the women, officers added.
A few women volunteered to join the syndicate and believed they would be paid – but told the police that they had not received any money, The Guardian Nigeria reported.
Officers were warned on September 19 about the presence of the factory after a tip from neighbors about many pregnant women in their street.
Officers arrested two women – Happiness Ukwuoma, 40, and Sherifat Ipeya, 54 – who worked in the factory as untrained nurses
Raids occurred Monday in the coastal town of Lagos after officer received a tip from a neighbor who became suspicious about the number of pregnant women in their street last week
One of the rescued women told it Forefront newspaper that she borrowed money to travel from her native village to Lagos on the promise of homework.
When she arrived at the city bus stop, her phone was taken from her and she was taken to the & # 39; factory & # 39; where she was told that she would stay for a maximum of one year.
The woman said she was first used as a prostitute and every night with & # 39; customers & # 39; slept before she became pregnant.
She was then moved to another building and told that if she carried the baby, she would be & # 39; richly paid & # 39; would be allowed to leave.
Police said the women are now being rehabilitated so that they can settle in the city, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Baby factories are not uncommon in Nigeria – last week a week-old baby was rescued from an illegal trade syndicate in Lagos, while another major raid saved 160 children last year.
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