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Dozens of teenage girls rescued from Nigerian ‘baby factory’ where they were used as sex slaves

Dozens of teenage girls rescued from Nigerian ‘baby factory’ where they were used as sex slaves and forced to sell their babies on the black market

  • At least 35 teenage girls rescued from ‘baby factory’ hotel in Nigeria
  • Police have freed them from sex slavery in southeastern Anambra state
  • ‘Baby factories’ where women are forced to have babies to sell on the black market

At least 35 teenage girls have been rescued from a ‘baby factory’ hotel where they were used as sex slaves and their babies sold on the black market, Nigerian police say.

The teens were rescued Monday from the Gally Gally hotel in southeastern Anambra state, where they were being used “for sex slaves, prostitution and baby factory,” police spokesman Tochukwu Ikenga said late Wednesday.

Nigerian police have previously freed dozens of underage women and babies from illegal maternity homes known as ‘baby factories’, where women are forced to put children up for sale on the black market.

Four of the girls were pregnant, he said, while weapons and cash were recovered from the hotel.

Ikenga said the investigation was underway while the girls would be handed over to government agencies for rehabilitation.

He said the hotel’s owner was on the run, while three suspects had been arrested, charged with kidnapping the teens, sexual slavery and prostitution and operating a baby factory.

At least 35 teenage girls have been rescued from a 'baby factory' hotel where they were used as sex slaves and their babies sold on the black market in southeastern Nigeria's Anambra state

At least 35 teenage girls have been rescued from a ‘baby factory’ hotel where they were used as sex slaves and their babies sold on the black market in southeastern Nigeria’s Anambra state

This photo, taken last September, shows mothers with acutely malnourished babies sitting on the floor and fences attended by health officials at the primary health clinic of Bini, Wamako district of Sokoto in northwestern Nigeria.

This photo, taken last September, shows mothers with acutely malnourished babies sitting on the floor and fences attended by health officials at the primary health clinic of Bini, the Wamako district of Sokoto in northwestern Nigeria.

“All suspects will appear in court at the end of the investigation.”

The so-called “factories” are mostly small illegal facilities that parade like private medical clinics that house pregnant women and offer their babies for sale.

In many cases, young women were held against their will and sexually abused before their babies were sold on the black market.

In other cases, unmarried pregnant women are promised health care just for the removal of their children. In others, women are raped and made pregnant.

In April, police raided a baby factory and two unregistered orphanages in Lagos, rescuing more than 160 children, some of whom had been sexually abused.

Two months earlier, in February, the Lagos police told local media that they had uncovered a case where a pregnant woman went to a private home to give birth to her baby – only to take the baby away and sell it.

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