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Human Trafficking on the Rise in Nigeria
Offer made for six-year-old girl in Maiduguri
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2006-09-27 05:00 (KST)   
Despite the effort being made by the Nigerian government to stem the rising tide of human trafficking, the menace has not abated.

Police authorities disclosed on Sept. 24 that two people who offered to buy a six-year-old girl for 600,000 Nigerian naira (U.S.$4,680) were being questioned in Maiduguri, state capital of Borno, in northeast Nigeria.

This disclosure followed the arrest of six people, including a medical doctor, for alleged involvement in the sale of children.

Borno state police commissioner, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, made this known while briefing journalists in the state capital. According to Abubakar, in April a doctor (name withheld) and a member of his staff had sold a newborn baby through an intermediary for 30,000 Nigerian naira (U.S.$234) to a woman who is still being trailed by the police.

Abubakar said the state police had received information that the woman had earlier visited a motherless babies' home in Maiduguri and inquired about adopting some of them.

Her request, he said, was turned down because she was not a resident of Maiduguri.

The same woman reappeared in Maiduguri sometime in May with a man who police suspect was her intermediary's brother.

This time she bought a baby boy for a price the police have yet to ascertain.

Abubakar said that the doctor, who allegedly got babies with the connivance of women who had unwanted pregnancies, would soon be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further action.

Human trafficking has been on the rise for several years in Nigeria. Pervasive poverty is a major reason for the increase. Trafficking has become a source of income for many Nigerians. In response, the government established NAPTIP in August 2003.
©2006 OhmyNews
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