Nigerian police rescue 35 teenagers used as ‘sex slaves’

LAGOS: Nigerian police say they rescued 35 teenage girls from a hotel where they were used as sex slaves and then forced to give birth and sell their babies.
Nigerian police have previously freed dozens of underage girls and babies from illegal maternity homes known as ‘baby factories’, where women are forced to put children up for sale on the black market.
The teens were rescued Monday from the Gally Gally hotel in southeastern Anambra state, where they were used as “sex slaves and baby factory,” police spokesman Tochukwu Ikenga said late Wednesday.
Four of the girls were pregnant, he said, while weapons and cash were recovered from the hotel.
Ikenga said the investigation was underway while the girls would be handed over to government agencies for rehabilitation.
He said the hotel’s owner was on the run, while three suspects had been arrested.
“All suspects will be brought to justice at the end of the investigation.”
The so-called “factories” are usually small illegal facilities that parade like private medical clinics that house pregnant women and offer their babies for sale.
In many cases, young women were held against their will and sexually abused before their babies were sold on the black market.

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