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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..

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kirthijay's picture

Very, very beautifully

Very, very beautifully written! Thank you for your inspirational verbose activism, Lylin.

Lylinaguas's picture

Thanks Kirthi! I'm always

Thanks Kirthi! I'm always emotional about how some people can treat humans as if they were chattel or property they can just sell or barter.

Lylin

Riya's picture

Thank you very much for

Thank you very much for bringing such a important issue Lily. It is very sad that human beings are in Sale!! which is horrible and inhuman act to even think about it. Shame on those who has been doing thing...I think it's time to raise our voices against of all kind of abuses either that is emotional or physical.

Lylinaguas's picture

Yes it's sad that there are

Yes it's sad that there are people who can be so inhuman as to sell other humans.. But it exists and people have to be made aware that it happens and has to stop.

Lylin

Phionah Musumba's picture

Wake up Call

This is such a timely piece, Lylin. A depiction of how rotten our society really is. Its ironic and and beats all moral standards that mosy of the culprits involved actually use their ill gotten proceeds to raise their own children!

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Lylinaguas's picture

Phy, you're right. I can't

Phy, you're right. I can't imagine how these criminals can actually live with their conscience and feed their families from ill-gotten money.

Lylin

Sefakor Abusah's picture

I never knew

I never knew this could be real.i only see them in movies and novels.
If i may ask, What happens to these children after they are sold out? Do they get the chance to live good lives?

Lylinaguas's picture

Sefakor, some are lucky

Sefakor, some are lucky enough to be sold to childless couples who really want them. Others are trafficked and later on turned into slaves. What's even more tragic is that some are sold as life offering for religious rituals.

Lylin

otahelp's picture

bizzare but does happen everyday

despite the fact that these stories are really on the other hand, some are sold for proper adoption. Some people give up their children because they could not afford to take care of them. they sell them to those in govt agencies or private people that could train these children grow up to be what they are supposed to be.

I also agree that some of these children after being bought go through hell in the hands of their masters / mistress / owners. Some childless couples that adopted them treat them badly after they might have had their own children and some give them the comfort they need.

I should think that government agencies in charge should live up to their job description by assisting these people who want to give up their children and direct them properly and also should be ready to monitor the ones that have been given up for adoption. social Welfare agaencies please look into this case.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Initiative
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Lylinaguas's picture

Otahelp,yes, some are lucky

Otahelp,yes, some are lucky to be adopted and genuinely cared for by their adopted parents. What I find so unacceptable is the setting up of breeding farms to sell babies.for profit regardless of the reason why they are being bought. Some of these girls are forcefully impregnated and kept against their will until they give birth. What is so horrific is that some of these babies are sold to die in ritual offerings. Authorities should put a stop to this.

Lylin

otahelp's picture

you are right

Yes. most of these babies come to a horrible end. what we are saying is that government agencies and non-governmental agencies should join hands in looking into this issue as it is even worse here in Nigeria when ritualist have resoughted to snatching children from their parents / nannies for their evil deeds.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Initiative
Lets keep the light shining

Lylinaguas's picture

Yes the government and NGOs

Yes the government and NGOs have to really work harder and coordinate closely to stop this problem.

Lylin

otahelp's picture

it may not stop

I dont actually see it being stopped completely but at least it can be reduced to a barest minimum.
thank you

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Initiative
Lets keep the light shining

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