Police arrested a 42-year-old Nigerian man recently after he admitted to raping his 16-year-old daughter and then taking her for an abortion to cover up his abuse.
The crime report adds to the evidence that abortions and abuse often are connected, and abuse victims frequently feel pressured or forced into aborting their unborn babies.
The New Telegraph reports Taofeek Oyeyemi, 42, of Ewekoro, Nigeria, is accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old daughter multiple times over the past six months.
Ewekoro Police Public Relations Officer Abimbola Oyeyemi said they arrested Oyeyemi after the girl’s mother filed a complaint. Police said the mother, an ex-wife of Oyeyemi, learned of the abuse after her daughter continued to bleed after the abortion.
The mother also told police that her ex-husband took their daughter away from her by force six months ago and forced the girl to live with him, according to The Nation Online.
After being arrested, police said Oyeyemi admitted that he had sex with the girl several times.
The Guardian reports the incident is being investigated as a human trafficking and child labor crime.
Abortions and abuse are closely linked. Women and girls frequently feel coerced or forced into aborting their unborn babies. And sometimes when they refuse, they are abused or killed.
Studies of victims of sex trafficking indicate they often are pressured or forced to abort their unborn babies so they can continue working.
Several studies also have linked domestic violence to abortion. In these cases, some women were forced or pressured by partners into having abortions, while others believed having an abortion would help them escape abuse. A 2011 study in “Obstetrician and Gynaecologist” found that almost 40 percent of the women seeking abortions had a history of physical abuse and relationship problems. As LifeNews previously reported, another study found that as many as 64 percent of post-abortive women say they felt pressured to have an abortion.
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