Nigerian police have raided a home and freed 16 pregnant young women who were allegedly being forced to have babies to be offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes, police say.
The expectant mothers were aged between 17 and 37.
Abia state police spokesman Geofrey Ogbonna told AFP the raid in the southern city of Aba was carried out on Tuesday and the proprietor, Hyacinth Ndudim Orikara, had been arrested.
The suspect is a serial human trafficker. He claims to be a medical doctor. I could recall that the same man was arrested in May 2011 and 32 teenage girls were rescued from his home, he said.
He said the girls confessed that they had been offered to sell their babies for between 25,000 and 30,000 naira (around $A216), depending on the sex of the baby — via redwolf.newsvine.com