Baby Factories in Nigeria: Implications for Education and Women Empowerment

Abstract

The growth of Baby Factories has added a new dimension to the incidence of trafficking in persons in Nigeria. The main purpose of baby factories, also referred to as �baby farming�, �baby harvesting� and �baby manufacturing� is the production and sale of babies for commercial purposes. Because of poverty, illiteracy and stigmatization occasioned by unplanned/unwanted pregnancies, young women who are mostly school drop-outs are lured into baby factories, where they are made to give birth. Thereafter, their babies are taken away and sold. Some girls go through this vicious cycle of pregnancy - birth - baby sale, more than once. Because of the secrecy involved in the operations of baby factories, consideration is hardly given to the welfare, health concerns and psychological problems of the victims. The objectives of this study, which will take place in the South Eastern States of Nigeria, are to investigate the effects of baby factories on the lives of victims, find out the preventive measures instituted by communities to fight the scourge, as well as interventions put in place by government through education to help victims and their families. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be employed for the study. A policy framework for education and empowerment of women and girls will be formulated as issues of baby factories have great psychological, social and physical impact on victims and families.



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Uche Igbokwe, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Veronica Ifeyinwa Okeke, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Josephine Nkiru-edna Alumanah, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

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Conference: ECSS2015
Stream: Education and Social Welfare

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