A High Court judge has raised concerns about "desperate childless parents" being caught up in "strange" baby-selling scams in Nigeria.
Mr Justice Coleridge said there was evidence that women were going to Nigeria seeking fertility treatment then being sold unwanted babies "for very substantial sums of money" after fraudsters had tricked them into thinking they had become pregnant and given birth.
He said there was more than one case "featuring almost identical facts" before English courts, described the situation as "very serious" and questioned the "lack of involvement" of Nigerian authorities.
The judge raised concerns after giving journalists permission to report details of one case aired before him in the Family Division of the High Court.
Mr Justice Coleridge said the case – involving a Nigerian couple from London – was "very worrying" and gave rise to "very real public interest".
And, at a hearing in London, he agreed to release parts of a written ruling he had made on the case to reporters.
"I am entirely unsurprised by the media interest," said Mr Justice Coleridge, at the hearing. "This is a very serious situation."Continue reading