Police Make Arrests Over Nigerian “Baby Factory”

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POLICE MAKE ARRESTS OVER NIGERIAN “BABY FACTORY”

750,000 to one million people are trafficked every year in Nigeria

NIGERIA:

Police have arrested two suspects in Nigeria’s Ogun state at a so-called “baby factory” run by a woman who had been released on bail.

According to Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state police spokesperson, a girl who had been lured by the operator of the baby factory escaped and reported the matter to the police.

Pictured: The women and children rescued from the facility on Tuesday, that was being run by a woman who was alleged to have paid men to impregnate the women

TCV news further reports that officers then raided the area, rescuing 10 girls- four of them already pregnant.

The age of the girls was not revealed by media reports.

Pictured: A still image from a video last year of a victim held captive in a similar factory raided in 2019, where children were going to trafficked and sold - £1,000 for a boy, £700 for a girl
Pictured: A still image from a video last year of a victim held captive in a similar factory raided in 2019, where children were going to be trafficked and sold- £1000 for a boy £700 for a girl

The daughter of the woman behind the entire operation was one of the ones arrested, who has been charged with human trafficking and also released on bail.

The other suspect is a man who police suspect to be responsible for raping the girls.

A woman and her baby

Stories such as these, of so-called “baby factories” in Nigeria, are not uncommon.

They are run solely for the purposes of impregnating the girls and selling the babies.

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Shalom everyone, and blessing to all of you. As we progress further into the holiday season and approach Christmas and New Years, although it is such a marvelous season to be in the midst of, remember that we must stay vigilant and sober (1 Pet 5:8), always being in tune with the Spirit of the Living God. Of course, there is nothing wrong with celebration. In fact, the Bible even tells us to do so. Eccl 8:15 (KJV) reads that “a man hath no better thing under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.” Through this scripture, King Solomon is writing through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that there is nothing better to do on this earth than be happy and “live your best life!”

However, in doing so, let us never for one day neglect yearning to help people who are afflicted, oppressed, and are currently in a worse life situation than you and me. Even though Jesus desires for us to live life abundantly and to the fullest, he also desires for our character, heart and actions to perfectly model after his own. Isa 61:1 (KJV) reads, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

My brother, my sister, I need you to read this scripture one more time. The Lord has anointed you and me in order to set the captives free! Need I remind you that human sex-trafficking is a major global crisis and the exact representation of modern-day slavery. Just because life seems good from self-perspective, it does not justify complacency. God has set you and me free from our sins so that we can in turn set people free not just spiritually, but mentally and physically as well.

There are many evil injustices in this world, however human trafficking is one of the ones that I personally and ultimately despise the most. How can we sit back for life and apathetically relax, knowing that we are Jesus Christ’s hands and feet, charged with the responsibility and duty of vindicating and liberating his own. Isa 1:17 urges us to “learn to do well; seek judgement, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” God desires for us to right all wrongs in the lives of those who seem not to have a voice. Christianity is not just about internal uprightness. It is also about displaying the pure lion heart of God through what we stand for, fight for, advocate for, and implement in this world.

Life is short. From today, in addition to enjoying every moment, live to make a mark on this world for Christ, and the sake of the Good News of the Gospel. The Good News is not just a feel-good encouragement, it is a message of salvation and liberation to all, not just for the world to come, but equally for this life. Never forget this… my father in the Lord always tells: Salvation is not only to be saved. It is also to be healed and restored now.

Be sure to comment below your thoughts on this week’s message. What is your take on this global human trafficking crisis? What are your dreams and aspirations for making a mark on the world for Christ?

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