The baby factory

This week in Lagos, Nigeria, 32 pregnant teen age girls were rescued from a “baby” factory, the human equivalent of a puppy mill.  These girls were impregnated so that the “owners” could sell the babies that these girls produced for a very nice profit.  Please, tell me it is not so!  But it is so.  In a day and age when nothing seems to have the capacity to shock us anymore, somehow this tragedy does shock me.  I am sure it shocks you as well.

I work with the iF Foundation to try and create jobs for the poorest of the poor so that people in Haiti and Ghana can have dignity and pull themselves out of poverty.  We all know that in much of the developing world a job is a luxury.  Kids do not take SAT’s to vie for the best college entrance.  Girls don’t even consider higher education in most of the developing countries of the world.  The people who live in Haiti are for the most part itinerant subsistence farmers.  Or, they earn their living through buying and reselling anything and everything, by barter and trade.  They somehow manage and get by, but often the people are reduced by their circumstances to the most humiliating manner of life.  For many in the developing countries getting by through being “street wise” is the only job.  So much of the crime in the developing countries stems from having no opportunity to work.  The people are wonderful and good, but when you cannot feed your child and your desire to work is thwarted by lack of opportunity, what would you do?

Prostitution and the sex slave/trade industry is sadly, along with the drug trafficking , “where the money is found”.  But the girls and women who are exploited for sex are degraded beyond any semblance of standards that we who might be reading this hold dear.  I have a beautiful daughter and I simply cannot imagine her in such a condition as these 32 girls in Lagos.  When you read such stories as the one coming out of Lagos, it only makes you want to do more to help so that other girls will not be so abused.

I hope you will consider helping girls in developing coutries in some way.  Being one who sees the glass as half full, we can make a difference.  As Nike would say:  “Just Do It”

The Rev. Canon James E. Byrum

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