November 16, 2008 | Nigeria
ENUGU (Nigeria): Neighbours were suspicious of the daytime silence at the
maternity clinic that came to life only after nightfall, though never
suspected its disquieting secret – it was breeding babies for sale.
But recent police raids have revealed an alleged network of such clinics,
dubbed baby "farms" or "factories" in the local press, forcing a new look at
the scope of people trafficking in Nigeria.
At the hospital in Enugu, a large city in Nigeria's southeast, 20 teenage
girls were rescued in May in a police swoop on what was believed to be one
of the largest infant trafficking rings in the west African country....