Friday, June 3, 2011

Baby Selling

Selling one's baby for profit speaks of desperation. This article concerns me for a number of reasons, but I'm left with more questions than answers. Do we know, for example, that the teens knew that their children would be sold as part of a trafficking ring? Did they instead think it was some form of profitable adoption? What was the involvement of these girls' parents in this whole situation? I'll post any follow up articles that I find. For now, see below...

Nigeria: 32 Pregnant Teens Arrested in Baby-Trafficking Scheme

Dozens of pregnant teenagers could face charges after being accused of planning to sell their babies to a child trafficking operation, officials said Thursday. Thirty-two girls between 15 and 18 years old were arrested Saturday during the raid of a clinic in Abia State, the state police chief said. The director of the clinic was also arrested, accused of buying babies from the young mothers for $160 to $190 and selling them to childless couples for up to $6,400. He denied the charge, saying he was a volunteer doctor who placed unwanted babies in orphanages.

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