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Nigerian police have raided a home allegedly being used to force teenage girls to have babies that were then offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes, authorities said on Wednesday. "We stormed the premises of the Cross Foundation in Aba three days ago following a report that pregnant girls aged between 15 and 17 are being made to make babies for the proprietor," said Bala Hassan, police commissioner for Abia state in the country's southeast. "We rescued 32 pregnant girls and arrested the proprietor who is undergoing interrogation over allegations that he normally sells the babies to people who may use them for rituals or other purposes."
In countries where body parts are used for scientific purposes, here is the going rate for some parts (which are subject to the laws of demand and supply and other market forces): $3000 for a cornea; $80 for a patch of skin; $2000 for a kidney; a torso in good condition is almost $5,000; a spine $3,500; and a knee $650. A box of fingernails and toenails goes for as much as $5,000. But really, no part of the human body is a complete waste. And in fact, aborted babies are also sold; but the late-term aborted babies are much in demand. In most western countries, a trader in body parts can make upward of $500,000 a year.