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The Social Ills

"Babies for Sale" - is it just greed or dire need to survive that people can go so low as to steal babies or "breed" baby farms to sell them once they are born? It's nothing new these days. From Africa to Asian countries like the Philippines, Cambodia, India or Thailand, children are sold in exchange for money, to pay off debts or some other reason. A tv documentary in Manila recently featured two women whose newborn babies were stolen from a hospital. In Nigeria, a "baby farm" was raided where several women and babies were rescued by authorities. Young pregnant girls were being kept in the hospital or clinic until they gave birth and the babies were sold to the highest bidder. Babies stolen is one thing, but actually maintaining clinics or hospitals as "baby farms" to "breed" children for the purpose of selling them is just horrific. These children have no chance of defending themselves in their innocence.

Criminals continue to "innovate" and come up with other forms of crime, one more inhumane than another. Will they all end one day? I wonder. The social ills seem to be limitless. But as long as there are good hearts who persevere to put an end to the evils around us, each child man and woman victimized by greed and violence will have a chance of starting life anew. It often takes a concerted effort to be heard and for action to be taken. It's sad that many have to lose so much, sometimes even their very lives for this to happen.But we should never give up.We just could not. It is their only chance to be saved from being victims of our society's social ills..


This is such a horrific and widespread humanitarian issue.

Some young women driven by deep poverty, lease out their wombs and volunteer themselves to produce babies for sale. Other times, hospitals are complicit in this criminal activity. In Nigeria, one hospital doctor invited boys to come and impregnate girls. Aid organizations have discovered centres — masquerading as maternity clinics, foster homes, orphanages or shelters for the homeless — which lure desperate teenagers with unplanned pregnancies in by offering to help with abortion. Fearing ostracism by society, the young girls seek shelter and then find themselves locked up until they gave birth, whereupon their babies are sold to traffickers.

Tragically, babies are purchased for a number of reasons from being raised for child labour, for sexual abuse or prostitution, or even for sacrifice due to the belief that they strengthen charms.

Exchanging babies for cash is widespread and in many cases the "buyers" do not even realize they have purchased a stolen baby. According to UNESCO, trafficking is thriving as there is so much profit to be made in the business.

But by raising awareness of this practice, you can at the very least help encourage people to question adoptions and hold centers accountable for where their babies come from.

You obviously care deeply about what is happening around the world. I encourage you to apply for the World Pulse Voices of Our Future Program. Not only will you gain skills as a citizen journalist but more importantly, the program will connect you with other women around the world demanding justice for women and girls. It becomes an amazing support network of grassroots women leaders, mentors and editors.

I hope you will consider applying (see link below). The world needs to hear your voice.

I really appreciate that you think me worthy of joining Voice of the Future program. I"ve always felt inadequate compared to the qualifications of the participants there. But I will think about it. I've been sick lately and even had to drop out of an online class.

Anyway, you're right. Trafficking is a lucrative business. I used the exact word when I wrote an article about it for Deltawomen, an NGO ( feel so strongly about it.

The plight of trafficked people, especially children, affects me most. I still ca;t imagine hat there are really people who exist who can be so inhuman in their thoughts and deeds. But such is the reality of life. We should just strive harder each time to make people aware and move them to take action.

Thank you for reading my post.



I am holding you in my thoughts and hope that you feel better soon.

As for feeling inadequate, it is not about the qualifications but about your passion for the issues and challenges faced in your region. VOF teaches one the skills to become a loudspeaker for change but passion canot be taught. You already have that and are sharing with us the challenges that Filipino women face so that together we may address them and improve their lives. So, I strongly encourage you to apply. Your voice is a powerful instrument which inspires transformative change.

Lylinaguas's picture

Thank you for encouraging me.

I will certainly consider it. I still have the whole of March to see if I'd be well enough to join. :)

Best regards,


amira7521's picture


It is really shocking to hear that babies are stolen. Thankfully we don't hear of such incidences here in the Maldives.
And I hope people do not stoop that low.

As for the situation there, I guess raising awareness and bringing it the notice of policy makers and law enforcers is the key.

Lylinaguas's picture

Yes it is shocking. There was

Yes it is shocking. There was even a woman featured here who gives birth every year and sells her babies. Maybe it's extreme poverty but it doesn't justify making babies and selling your own flesh and blood for business. It's one chain linked to another that contributes to the problem...hunger, poverty, lack or no education. There is so much we need to find solution to.


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