CAMEROONIAN MAN ARRESTED GIVES STUNNING DETAILS OF BABY TRAFFICKING OPERATION
Last month, Cameroon police said they had opened investigations into a network of human traffickers who allegedly purchase babies from the state to sell in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Members of the network were arrested recently with babies they had bought and a mother who said she desired to sell her unborn child because of her poverty, in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé. They are believed to have illegally sold scores of children. The mother was also arrested.
Baudouin Gweha, a senior official of the Gendarmerie post, says that he had arrested 41-year-old Pierre Essola, for executing an activity that directly violates human dignity. Essola told the Cameroon police that all negotiations with potential buyers and sellers were carried out via telephone.
He confessed to have found a Congolese woman on social media offering to help single and teenage mothers to take care of their newborn babies. He had immediately reached out to the Congolese women through WhatsApp, telling her that a large number of girls with unwanted pregnancies in Cameroon were in need of assistance. Essola said he had recorded videos of the poor teenage mothers and sent them to the woman in Congo, and while in Cameroon, the woman disclosed to him that she had an assistant who helps her purchase babies from the coastal Cameroonian city of Douala.
Essolla claims his intention is to help poor mothers, especially teens who abandon their babies on the streets since there is no one to help care for them.
It was reported by Cameroonian police that last year, several hundreds of children were left abandoned on the streets by poor mothers. After their mothers had abandoned them, at least two dozen babies were either found dead or killed.
Gweha says Essolla is part of a network in the DRC that sells Cameroonian babies, and that an online trafficker is among those already arrested, who facilitates the buying and selling of newborns.
He further mentions that the Cameroonian police have arrested two mothers who sold their babies, two women from the DRC who bought babies, and a babysitter the woman paid to care for the newborns in Yaoundé. The four babies recovered from the traffickers were received by Chantal Biya hospital in Yaoundé for medical care and follow-up.
Gweha said the buyers paid $6,000 for healthy children that were more than 3 months old, and $2,000 for a 1-day-old baby who was still very fragile.
The police said the children were fed infant formula and hidden in a Yaoundé house. They were then given injections that put them to sleep. Yet the cries of the children and the presence of a pregnant girl near the house caused neighbors to alert the police.
Gweha said it was not the first time the women from the DRC bought children from Cameroon, but because of the investigation, he was unable to reveal the towns of origin and identities of the Congolese women.
Betty Nancy Fonyuy, manager of Timely Performance Care Center- based in Yaoundé, says poor mothers are able to seek services from organizations like her own who take care of poor and vulnerable children.
“Children that their parents cannot be able to take care, they bring them to the center, we take care of them, we feed them, we clothe them, we even send aid to their homes,” she said. “There are so many centers in Cameroon to help. Poverty in Cameroon is not all that bad to make people to sell their children out. And those that are selling children to other nations, this is very wrong.”
There are no concrete statistics on the illicit exploitation of children in Cameroon, but the central African state says childless couples within and out of its borders are increasingly stealing or buying babies and claiming them as their own.
Cameroon also says that it is continuing working to dismantle child trafficking networks among Cameroon, Chad, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The U.S. State Department’s 2020 trafficking in persons report states that Cameroon also is a source, transit, and destination country for children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.
Blessings to all of you, my blessed brothers and sisters, and welcome back to my blog! It’s so wonderful to have you here, and I am so happy that you are connected to this site, knowing that in doing so, you too have joined the massive global movement, for the gospel to boldly be preached in every nation! This week, I’ve chosen to speak to you using the topic of human trafficking, which is a very serious and prevalent issue within our world today.
Human trafficking is the act of illicit buying and selling of human beings, for the means of sex, profit, forced labor, and other forms of wicked exploitation. Within the article above, many of the mothers who sold their babies to traffickers did so because they were poor and had no one to care for the child. However, it was also mentioned that the mothers could have chosen to reach out to safe, legitimate organizations for help instead of resorting to traffickers. Just like these women chose to solve their legitimate concerns by completely irrational means, it is so evident that people in this day and age tend to treat their faith in God just the same.
Even as Christians, sometimes we find ourselves turning in all other directions besides God to find what only He can provide. In the book of John, Jesus preached, declaring, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6 KJV). How many times have we sought answers, purpose, and life from every other area except God? Perhaps you have looked to relationships, drugs/alcohol, finances, or improving your physique to find ultimate satisfaction. Yet people come and go, drugs damage health, finances fluctuate, and human bodies eventually grow old. Even though not all of these are bad for you, none of these last, and pursuing them with your all can leave you very empty.
Jesus further taught, saying, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14 KJV). My dear brothers and sisters, I testify that there is so much more to life than what you can see. As believers, we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). Likewise, the Bibles says that “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24 KJV).
People of the world turn to the things of this world to ultimately satisfy all of their needs and desires, yet for us as the Children of God, we are of a different breed. We turn to the Creator of all things, because we know where our help comes from (Ps. 121:1)!
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