The Rivers State Police Command has arrested five pregnant young women at a baby factory in Umuikpe community, Isiala Ngwa South, Abia State.
The women, between the ages of 22 and 25 were arrested following a tip off that they had planned to sell their babies to the owner of the baby factory upon delivery.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, confirmed to newsmen that the arrest was made at the weekend after an insider disclosed that the owner of the factory were mobilising more ladies in Rivers to join the business.
The PPRO disclosed that the police took on them in Abia and arrested about five.
He said the young expectant mothers had an arrangement with the unidentified owner of the baby factory to take care of them till delivery, after which, the babies will be sold to her for prices ranging between N400,000 and N500,000.
One of the women in her second trimester, Nkechi Oguama, told newsmen she was into prostitution before she fell in love with an Ikwerre man in Ogbogologo, in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
According to the 24-year-old, whenever she slept with her boyfriend, she did so without protection, but made sure she had protective sex with her clients.
Meanwhile, the PPRO noted that the expectant mothers were in police custody while efforts were being made to track the owner of the baby factory and others now at large.