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Baby factory uncovered in Ondo •Retired ACP, 23 others arrested.



Immigration Service, Ondo State command, have discovered a baby factory in Ilu-Titun, in Okitipupa Local Government area of the state.

Already, a 66 years old man, Mr Aliu Ojo, who claimed to be a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police has been arrested along with 23 other suspects that were picked up in the house being allegedly used for the illegal act.

The suspects paraded at the Ondo State Headquarters of the NIS also included the alleged kingpin in the operation of the factory, Mrs Happiness Ogundeji, popularly known as “Mama Pota” aged 45, five ladies at different stages of pregnancies, five babies and eight men.

Some of the arrested men, however, claimed to be husbands of the women.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Ondo State, Mr Musa Al-Hassan, said his men raided the building and arrested the suspects following a tip from the Comptroller General of the NIS, who directed the state command to work on a circular that emanated from the Cross River State command.

He said the efforts of the command paid off after several months of surveillance with the discovery of two flats building being used for the operation at Ilu-Titun.
The NIS boss, however, said the owner of the baby factory claimed the centre was a Natural Herbal Centre, particularly for women.

Al-Hassan added that Ogundeji, who had another branch at Ore, in Odigbo Local Government, relocated to Ilu-Titun, Ondo State from Port-Harcourt, where she had been doing illegal business.

He stated that the kingpin had been doing the business in conjunction with a Cameronian, adding that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) had directed that the arrested people be brought to Lagos.

The comptroller commended the collaboration among security agencies in the state, adding that it was the harmonious relationship that made the operation to be successful.

Speaking further, the Head of Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Section, Mrs Biola Obisesan, said the suspects resisted arrest as they insisted on getting a warrant of arrest before they were eventually taken away.

She said the woman wanted to escape through a ladder that was placed on the wall, adding that the house was stocked with raw foodstuff like tubers of yam, rice, garri while the place was littered with baby care products and other instruments allegedly being used for child delivery.

However, Ogundeji, who was the principal suspect, said she was not operating any baby factory, claiming that what she has is a herbal clinic.

Ogundeji, who admitted she was once invited by the police over the arrest of a Cameroonian, who was accused of stealing a baby, said the suspect had been released after she was investigated.

The suspect said, “I don’t know my offence. I am a business woman. I am operating a natural herbal clinic. I was in my clinic when the people came to arrest me along with other occupants in the house. Some of the people they arrested are my visitors,” she said.

One of the pregnant ladies, Chinazo Miracle, 20, said she is from Imo State and a secondary school leaver brought to the house for treatment in the clinic being operated by the principal suspect.

The suspects had been moved to Lagos in line with the directive from NAPTIP.


Chinese Doctor Gets Death Sentence for Trafficking Babies.

Zhang Shuxia
Zhang Shuxia, 55, an obstetrician in northwestern Shaanxi province’s Fuping county, was found guilty of selling the babies for as much as 21,600 yuan ($3,600) each between 2011 and 2013. (Reuters/China Daily )

A Chinese court on Tuesday handed down a suspended death sentence on a doctor who sold seven newborn babies to human traffickers, a case that sparked widespread anger in a country where child trafficking is rampant.

Zhang Shuxia, 55, an obstetrician in northwestern Shaanxi province’s Fuping county, was found guilty of selling the babies for as much as 21,600 yuan ($3,600) each between 2011 and 2013, the court in Weinan city said.

Zhang tricked the parents to give up their newborns by convincing them the infants had incurable diseases or deformities, the court said in a statement on its website.

“Though Zhang Shuxia confessed, her behavior violated both professional and social ethics, had an extremely bad social impact, and the circumstance of the crimes were grave,” the court said.

A trafficker threw one sick child into a garbage ditch, presuming she was dead, the statement said. Zhang was not convicted in connection with the child’s death, but the court ruled she was partly responsible. The baby was never found.

The other six infants were rescued by police and returned to their families.

The official Xinhua news agency said it was unclear if Zhang, who was detained in August and stood trial in December, would appeal. Suspended death sentences are typically reduced to life in prison.

Child trafficking is widespread in China, where population control policies have bolstered a traditional bias for male offspring, seen as the main support for elderly parents and heirs to the family name, and have resulted in abortions, killings or abandonment of girls.

The imbalance has created criminal demand for abducted or bought baby boys, but also for baby girls destined to be future brides attracting rich dowries.



Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Nick Macfie

© 2013 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.

Parents Beware: Your Child May Be Next.


Estimates place the number of its domestic and international victims in the millions, mostly females and children enslaved in the commercial sex industry for little or no money. (
If a prostitute shared her story, the preconceived notion may change from an addict choosing the lifestyle to a vulnerable child tricked into the industry. And it’s happening in your backyard.
Florida is in the top three states for human traffickingin America, where the average age of prostitution is 12 years old,” says Bonnie Jo Daniels, project coordinator for Hope for Freedom at Christ Fellowship.
With the oversexualization of our culture and its blatant attack on our men, you maybe surprised how sexual addiction begins. Here is one example: A young boy gets a glimpse of pornography; his heart is stirred and body excited. Over the years, he secretly returns to this habit until one day the addiction leads him to a strip club. Eventually, he pays for sex with what he thinks is an 18-year-old. But she’s really 16—and not prostituting of her own free will. 
She’s working because her pimp beats her and threatens to harm her family if she doesn’t. Trafficking, where people control and exploit others, generates billions of dollars each year. It’s considered one of the fastest-growing criminal industries in the world—and it’s driven by greed. Due to easy and private access to the Internet, escort services flourish. But what most don’t realize is that it’s often a front for thecommercial sex trade industry (trafficking).
Lysa McMillan of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale’s Outreach Ministry says, “Human life has been reduced to a mere commodity. There are two motivating factors: Men fuel the demand side by buying sex, and traffickers [men/women] make large sums of money selling a woman or child over and over again.”
“It’s not just touching one demographic,” McMillan says. “You might have a girl in a middle-class home, where everything on the outside would appear to be OK, but you don’t know what’s going on with her interaction on Facebook, who she’s texting and if she battles with low self-esteem.”
There are children on every level and socioeconomic category affected, especially if they have been abused.
“If you take that girl in that home who’s already enduring sexual abuse, or maybe there’s domestic violence, perhaps drugs in the home, she automatically becomes a more vulnerable candidate to target. She’s broken, she’s looking for love, attention and affirmation,” McMillan explains.
There are many angles and schemes that are used to lure girls in. Here is one scenario:
Boy (we’ll call him Mike) meets an insecure 12-year-old girl (we’ll call her Olivia) at the arcade. They exchange numbers. Mike texts, calls and pretends to like Olivia. Soon Olivia thinks she’s in love. Mike has played his part perfectly by buying her gifts and telling her how special she is to him. After weeks, maybe months, they start having sex. Then one night he coerces her into having sex with one of his friends, just once, if she really loves him.
Olivia complies.
Mike explains how they can make good money doing this (just for a little while, and then he will take care of her forever). Mike texts her appointments and picks Olivia up in the middle of the night, then drops her back home. Olivia catches on and wants out, but Mike beats her and threatens to harm her little brother. She’s trapped, embarrassed and now brainwashed to feel she is worthless. 
Mike tempts Olivia with less work if she befriends another young girl at school. Olivia takes the bait and grooms a new 11-year-old prospect (we’ll call her Jill). Olivia takes Jill shopping, out for ice cream and invites her for sleepovers. After trust is built, she asks Jill to sleep over at her aunt’s house (we’ll call her Sue).
At this different location, an older woman portraying Aunt Sue builds Jill’s trust by playing the part of the fun aunt. During one visit, Aunt Sue takes them to the salon and pays for haircuts and manicures. That night, Olivia and Jill play dress up and snap pictures of each other. All the while, Aunt Sue is posting these photos on her website.
The next innocent trip for ice cream takes them to a strange location.
The threats and beatings start; Jill is trapped. She becomes lethargic; her grades drop; she’s uninterested in friends, loses weight and starts missing school. Jill has all the signs of a drug addict. Sadly, she’s too humiliated and afraid to tell anyone what’s been done to her in private.
It’s a sick, twisted game. Pimps are smart, sometimes good looking, and they are no longer just men. Women and families are in it for the money too.
An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children a year become victims of sex trafficking in America. Many runaway children are approached by a pimp within 48 hours after leaving home or foster care. Traffickers stroll bus stops, malls, airports, parking lots and schools in search for young recruits.
If these predators can track down the destitute, then why can’t Christians intercept these girls? If we are going to protect our children, then parents, teachers and family members need to “be the eyes and ears in our community for our law enforcement,” Daniels says.
If you are a parent and you are concerned about this issue of trafficking, then now is the time to be proactive. Ask your child questions, get involved in their life, and find out who they are hanging with and where they are spending their time. Your love and caring concern can be the exact thing that can save them from being another statistic.
For more information on this issue, contact Lysa McMillan at from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale (Broward) or Bonnie Jo Daniels at from Christ Fellowship (Palm Beach). If you think you have come into contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-3737-888 to get more information or begin the process of helping the victim.
Dabney Hedegard is the author of When God Intervenes. Visit her at or on Twitter@dabneyland.

Sex Trafficking: Groups Expose Houston’s Dark Secret.


sex-trafficking victim
In 10 years, the U.S. attorney’s office says 500 human trafficking victims have been rescued in Houston. (CBN News)

Houston tops an ugly list. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the Texas metropolis is one of the country’s largest hubs of human trafficking.

The problem is simply too big for police to tackle alone so Christian organizations are helping to expose the travesty and give shelter to its victims.

A night drive on the streets of Houston shines a bright light on the issue.

“The ship channel area is a hot spot,” Adam Chaney, mobilization director of Elijah Rising, told CBN News. “The galleria area south of the actual galleria is probably the epicenter for human trafficking in Houston.”

Elijah Rising has rescued at least a dozen human-trafficking victims and also directs bus tours to show Houston residents the hot spots for sex trafficking. It has identified around 300 suspected locations.

“The I-10 corridor has been labeled as the No. 1 human-trafficking corridor in the nation,” Homeland Security agent Mike Booker said.

Some hot spots look like spas, but they’re actually brothels selling enslaved girls for sex.

Ohad Shaul worked as a human-trafficking bodyguard.

“I wouldn’t say the living conditions of a dog because your dog you take out once or twice a day,” Shaul told CBN News. “They [these girls] get sold 10 times a day on a good day [and] on a bad day they’d get sold 20 or 30 times a day.”

Victims include women smuggled from Southeast Asia, South America and Mexico.

But that’s not all.

There are an estimated 6,000 children on the streets of Houston on any given night, all runaways. That number has helped the city earn the unwelcome distinction as one of the most intense areas in the country for child sex trafficking.

CBN News talked to Kellie Armstrong with about the issue.

“It’s an alarming problem,” Armstrong said. “I think for me as a social worker who has been dealing with this for years and years and years, I was totally unaware that our city was a hub of trafficking.”

The organization established Freedom Place, a safe house in the country for girls rescued from the human trafficking trade.

Volunteers from Houston-area churches joined forces to refurbish and furnish every inch of Freedom Place.

“I mean it is just ask—ask and it will be given and given abundantly,” Armstrong said. “I mean that is what we have experienced. I mean everything in this home has been really donated.”

Armstrong calls this farm—and its services—a place for girls to hide, heal and find hope for the future.

In 10 years, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says 500 human trafficking victims have been rescued in Houston. The average age of girls entering the industry is 13, and their life expectancy as sex slaves is seven years.

The Downward Spiral to Drive-In Prostitution: Is America Next?.

Could sex drive-thrus be coming to America next?

Drive-ins aren’t just for fast food and movies anymore—if you’re in Europe, that is.

With Switzerland’s announcement that it spent a whopping $2 million on a plan to provide “drive-in prostitution,” complete with “sex boxes,” it makes you wonder how their priorities and social norms became so distorted. Certainly the easy availability of pornography is a contributing factor.

Hardcore pornography is commonplace in European countries, available on TV networks and at magazine stands in public areas. “Enlightened Europeans” claim the widespread acceptance of this sexually exploitive material is without effect in society. Or is it?

Studies indicate there is a high correlation between the consumption of porn and the use of prostituted women and sexually trafficked women and children. Research on the topic can be found at

Switzerland, along with other countries like the Netherlands and Germany, legalized prostitution years ago and is now taking further steps to promote prostitution. In Switzerland, they are providing “sex boxes,” similar to rest stops at national parks in the U.S. This is all for the convenience of the “johns,” who are in a hurry and who just drive up for quick sex. They say this is for the health and safety of those prostituted, but this is not a sign of a healthy society. It will eventually lead where all efforts to promote prostitution lead—to more health problems, more trafficked victims and further degradation of society.

In the United States, we have laws that ban hard-core pornography and prostitution. We have seen how trafficking, violence against women, the sexualization of children and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases have increased because we ignore these laws. Unless we take strong steps to stop this downward spiral and curb the spread of pornography and prostitution, can sex boxes be far behind in America? We think not and continue to demand that existing laws prohibiting the distribution of hard-core pornography, sex trafficking and prostitution be vigorously enforced.


Dawn Hawkins is executive director of Morality in Media.

Missionary Kid Answers Call to Combat Human Trafficking.

Jon and Erika Tello and their daughter
Jon and Erika Tello and their daughter (OM Intrernational)

A young girl’s family history in missions became a new calling helping trafficking victims in Italy after a grown-up Erika Tello, from the U.S., led a Transform2012 outreach to trafficking victims.

“When I was a little girl, household stories included true tales of adventures in a remote jungle tribe—the tribe where my grandparents were missionaries for over 20 years,” said Erika, adding that she made a commitment to Christ early in life and had her own adventures as a missionary kid when her parents served overseas.

“My rich heritage in faith and missions became more than stories about pet monkeys and witch doctors when I began to make it my own,” she said. “I read the climax of a biography about a missionary who was said to have proclaimed the gospel with his last breaths to the very men whose arrows killed him.

“It touched a chord that not only brought tears but deep conviction that there would be no better way to spend my life than in missions, taking the gospel to the hard places where it had not been heard.”

Erika felt an initial calling to missions when she was young, she said, and God continued to confirm it in following years as she participated in missions trips and church leadership, as well as attending a Bible college to receive training in full-time ministry.

While at the Bible college, she met her husband, Jon, who shared her conviction to be a missionary. They began pursuing placement, but God had plans other than their own and shut the door on what seemed to be the perfect opportunity.

Instead, Erika and her husband spent the next six years gaining skills and experience in the workplace. During this time, Erika said, she realized that while God had strengthened her drive for justice and compassion—from a missions trip working at an orphanage to a college internship working with foster kids in Chicago—she lacked the knowledge needed. She returned to school and earned a master’s degree in social work.

Finally, they again pursued overseas missions work. This time the doors flew open and Erika and her husband joined the OM Italy team.

“Despite the calling years ago and the miracles that clearly confirmed this was God’s will, I had a lot of doubt,” Erika said. “While my husband had a detailed job description, I had none. The unknown terrified me, and the actual act of leaving my life to go where He was sending me came down to a decision to obey God, while clinging to the truths in Lamentations 3:21-24. I desired to use the tools and experience God had given me to reach out to marginalized peoples wounded by traumatic experiences.”

However, it wasn’t until Transform 2012, six months after the Tello’s arrival on the field, God’s plan began to be revealed. Erika was asked to lead a Transform team that serves victims of sex trafficking. As a result, she had her first encounter with a woman who was a victim of sex trafficking, and was inspired to launch what is now the OM Italy anti-trafficking ministry.

Just like the missionary whose story brought her to tears, Erika is now serving God in some of the hardest places and circumstances the world is facing today.

“I look forward to what God will do to transform the lives of those enslaved in such hard places in Italy,” she said, “as we proclaim Him there in the days to come.”



Christian Girls Being Snatched by Islamist Traffickers.

Egyptian Christian girls
(CBN News)

The recent upheaval in Egypt once again brings to the forefront the plight of the country’s Christians who have come under increased attack from Islamists since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

Now they’re hoping and praying Egypt’s next government will do a better job of protecting them from attacks and the trafficking of Christian girls.

Funerals like the recent one at St. Mina Church in North Sinai have become all too familiar for Egyptian Christians. Friends and family recently paid final respects to Father Mina Aboud, a beloved Coptic priest. Islamist gunmen opened fire on Mina July 6 while he drove his car after shopping in the northern Sinai town of el Arish.

Father Mina’s murder was no surprise to Egypt’s Christians because they are frequent targets of attack during times of political instability. Christians have struggled for years–not only to protect their churches, homes and businesses, but also their daughters.

One of the challenges facing Christian families, particularly in Upper Egypt, is the kidnapping of young Christian girls. It generally happens when the girls enter their teen years.

To help avoid this tragedy, some families re-locate to Christian villages. But with that comes a whole new set of challenges.

Manel moved her family from a Muslim village to a Christian one near el Minya because she wanted to protect her oldest daughter Maryam from abduction and forced conversion. She made the decision after noticing some Muslim girls and boys attempting to lure Maryam away from her family and faith.

“The girls used to tell Maryam, ‘Come with us, we will give you a some money, you are having a hard life.’ The young boys were sending the young girls to do this,” Manel explained. “I feared they would kidnap her and then demand a lot of money to return her, or they would return her and she wouldn’t be in the same way as they took her.”

Now residing as strangers in a new town, Manel’s husband has difficulty finding work.

“I’m much happier now because it is safe for my daughters here, but the working opportunities for my husband are little because few people know my husband,” she said.

Maryam’s family borrowed money to buy food and make their house payment. They prayed God would provide help.

She and her family are not alone. Last year, a Helsinki Commission hearing revealed the number of disappearances and abduction of Christian girls is increasing. Human trafficking expert Michel Clark told of more than 800 cases.

Still, many Islamic leaders and government officials debunk claims that Christian girls are being trafficked. They insist the conversions and marriages are not forced; they are simply the result of amorous love between young people of different faiths.

“A boy and a girl from different religions love each other and thus one of them converts his religion in order to get married,” Helmy al Sayed, Freedom and Justice Party Secretary for Giza, said. The FJP is the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“The problem is that families do not accept that, also the two religions–neither the church accepts any of its people to Islam because of love, nor Islam accepts this type of conversion,” Sayed said.

Sayed claims it is a social problem that must be addressed, not a religious one.

Earlier this year, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch,Tawadros II told CBN News efforts to prevent trafficking and forced conversions often fail.

“This is very sensitive issue for us … we try with the government, with the local authorities … sometimes we are successful, but sometimes no success,” Tawadros said.

The Mohammed Morsi government did little to curtail the trafficking. But the political change gives many Egyptian Christians hope. They pray the next government will force police to treat Christian kidnapping complaints seriously and prosecute the kidnappers.

As for Maryam and her family? Their prayers for help were answered when CBN provided them with the seed money needed to start a small clothing business.

Menal said she and her daughters will “tell people in the church that we sell new clothing and the profits we get will help buy clothes for my children and feed my family.”

She also expressed gratitude to her American brothers and sisters in Christ.

“May the American Christians who helped us have a long life and may God be with them to help others like me to become self-supporting,” she said.

The effort is much needed help from caring American Christians at a time of uncertainty, bringing not only a glimmer of hope, but also a new beginning in Egypt.

Christians are calling Morsi’s ouster “a miracle.” Why was this second revolution so important to them? CBN News Sr. International Correspondent Gary Lane spoke about this and more on Christian World News July 19.

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