By Phil Okose Onitsha
A special anti-child trafficking task force led by Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, has discovered two houses in Obosi, Idemili North local Government Area, and Onitsha where pregnant teenage girls are kept until child birth and their children sold to childless couples. Orient Weekend gathered that the team discovered at Obosi, two malnourished pregnant girls kept in a room while waiting for delivery. The team, however, rescued the girls and arrested the manager of the home, pledging to launch further investigation and action on the case. Another baby factory was also uncovered during the inspection of orphanage homes in Onitsha. An insider who pleaded anonymity told this paper that only girls who had issues of unwanted pregnancies were kept in the room to keep their identities and existence secret until delivery. The source also disclosed that “they are not properly fed because the home only managed to feed them to avoid much spending because they are interested in having the baby coupled with the fact that it will also pay off the young mother after delivery even if it is always a token after delivery”. According to him, the business of baby factories had been booming because the operators deal in unwanted pregnancies by young girls outside wedlock and “they come here to avoid being seen until after delivery”. “Some indigent girls are lured with money by management of some baby homes and impregnated by men under the payroll of the baby homes”, the source further disclosed. The inspection team, which also comprised operatives of the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of State Service (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), including the ministry staff members, have visited community orphanages in Ogidi, Nkpor, Obosi and Onitsha, with the aim of inspecting the general environment, sources of water, hygiene and operational licence of facilities. Scores of suspected traffickers and their victims were also arrested at Onitsha by Lady Mezue.