An NGO has published a report which reveals that the phenomenon is growing in Cameroon as in the Gulf of Guinea.
The case of Tchatchou Vanessa is still engraved in the memories. This girl (18-year old at the time), whose baby had mysteriously disappeared in August 2011, just minutes after her delivery in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital of Yaounde. Despite strong mobilization of the civil society at national and international level, the newborn was never found.
This case had caused a reminiscent stir of the existence of trafficking of newborns in Cameroon. A phenomenon that is growing despite the struggle by the government. It is in any case the revelations contained in a recent report by the Research Center for Peace, Humman Rights And Development (REPERID), an NGO based in Bamenda.
During a two-day workshop which was held recently in the capital of the Northwest Region, Richard Atem Ojong, a REPERID administrator, said that
“the challenge of trafficking in human beings in particular newborns is a global challenge. Along the border corridor between Cameroon and Nigeria: Bamenda-Mamfe-Ekok Enugu Stretch of road between Central Africa to West Africa seems like a great way for this illicit trade. The number of people arrested with new babies entering Cameroon from Nigeria says a lot about the importance of this cooperation and awareness campaign. “
Taking part in the work, the Consul General of Nigeria, Dr. Dan Nwarim, stressed that human trafficking is considered the third most common form of crime in the world. This, after arms smuggling and drug trafficking. It generates a profit estimated at over 32 billion euros per year.
“It is estimated that over 2.5 million people annually are victims recruited and exploited around the world, undergoing all kinds of daily violence and violations of basic human rights,” says LNE.
Although figures are not available, indicators show that the trade of newborns is doing quite well in Cameroon. The country is both a place of origin, transit and destination for trafficking flows.
LNE lists some examples.
“In the South West Region of Cameroon for example, one can include to illustrate this clearly growing phenomenon of three women arrested from Nigeria with babies aged respectively three days, two days and three weeks. In the Northwest Region of cases of child trafficking are aussi legion. Include passing the recent phenomenon of girls trafficked to the Middle East.”