By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Es-Smara, April 15, 2012
The world of globalization is, undoubtedly, a world of open markets where everything is up for sale. Countries sell their natural resources, governments sell public administrations, intellectuals and elites sell their minds and ideas, prostitutes sell their bodies, the poor sell their homes and clothes, and even parents sell their babies. Everything can be sold and everything can be bought. The rules of the market are what: as long as there are people who need the product and as long as there are those who want to sell it, there is no harm in selling and buying, even if the question concerns human beings.
This week, the Grand Riff for Human Rights Association published a report described as `threatening and dangerous’ about the alleged sale of Moroccan babies to rich Spanish and European families in the occupied Moroccan city of Melilla in the north of Morocco.
According to the report, many poor families and single mothers who became pregnant outside the institute of marriage allegedly take refuge in the hospital of the Red Cross inside the city of Melilla to give birth to their babies and where the secret deals take place between the mothers and a retired nun who, has been specialized in this activity since 1975. The reports says that this nun convinces the mothers to sell their babies to rich families in Spain and Europe, as they will have better conditions of living, better education and better life opportunities in their future instead of being thrown on the pavement of Moroccan streets.
The report also states that more than 25,000 babies have been sold since 1975 and that the price mothers receive for their babies is between 3500 and 9000 MAD. Therefore, the Association is asking the government and the people concerned to open an investigation about this dangerous issue and take the necessary legal measures to save Moroccan children from being sold on this market of modern slavery.
The issue of selling babies to rich families has divided Moroccans into two categories: the first category thinks letting our babies be sold the way we sell Coca Cola and chips in markets and shops to foreigners is a national crime and shame, whereas the second category thinks that maybe those babies will have better conditions of life if they grow up inside a rich family abroad. They think that those kids will have access to better education, living and health care and this is better than growing up homeless and without any family name or identity in Morocco.
The government and civil society are asked today to answer the questions related to the subject of selling Moroccan babies and Moroccan childhood. A government that cannot protect its babies and their childhood, cannot protect its youth and its people.
Picture: The retired nun, Mercedes Hoces, who has been allegedly involved in the Moroccan babies sale in Mellila.