Three days ago Nigerian authorities raided a premises in Aba, Nigeria following a report that pregnant girls, aged between 15 and 17 were being held captive and forced to sell their babies for illegal adoption, ritual sacrifice or sex slaves
"We stormed the premises of the Cross Foundation in Aba three days ago following a report that pregnant girls aged between 15 and 17 are being made to make babies for the proprietor. We rescued 32 pregnant girls and arrested the proprietor who is undergoing interrogation over allegations that he normally sells the babies to people who may use them for rituals or other purposes," said Bala Hassan, police commissioner for Abia state in Nigeria's southeast.
In West Africa babies are sold for anything from $1,920 and $6,400 each. Cases of child abuse and human trafficking are common in West Africa. Some children are bought from their families for manual labour in plantations, mines, factories or as domestic servants. Others are sold into prostitution while a few are either killed or tortured in black magic rituals.