19 pregnant teens and women rescued from suspected baby traffickers in Nigeria, police say

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, ()Nineteen pregnant teens and were rescued as busted a suspected trafficking ring to sell , a told CNN on Monday.

Two women accused of operating homes where the victims were found have been arrested on suspicion of selling babies, and investigators are searching for a prime suspect in the case, Lagos police spokesman Bala Elkana said.
Four children also were freed in the raid, police said. The captors also are accused of planning to sell these children; investigators still are trying to determine where these children came from, police said.
    The two arrested suspects still were in police custody Monday.
    The pregnant teens and women are from different parts of the country. Some said their traffickers kidnapped them, while others said they were lured to the by the traffickers who promised them domestic , Elkana said.
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    Police said some of the victims were persuaded by their traffickers to sell their babies.
    “Some were told that is a place where babies are sold and they came voluntarily. Some were promised jobs that turned out to be fake when they got to the city, and the (traffickers) forced them to , ” Elkana told CNN.
    According to police, the traffickers were babies for 500,000 naira (around $1,378) and babies for 300,000 naira ($827).
      Police said the rescued victims be handed over to Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency and relevant authorities for .
      Authorities in Nigeria regularly bust -trafficking rings, commonly called “ factories.” Last year, the said more than 162 children were rescued in several raids on illegal orphanages in the city.

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