A Kenyan woman, Faiza Wanjiru, has told the Nation newspaper that she sold her unborn son for Sh20,000 (US$179,68) to buy drugs back in 1998.
Wanjiru further told the publication that she left her home because her mother had arranged a forced marriage for her. She added:
At age 13, I ran away from home to Nairobi. I found myself in the streets of Nairobi as an urchin, got pregnant, and found someone to buy the baby for Sh20,000.
She also that the female buyer gave her Sh10,000 when she was five months pregnant and the balance was paid upon delivery on December 6, 1998.
The Nation newspaper reports that Wanjiru and the baby buyer were however arrested a day later.
Wanjiru was sent to Kirigiti Juvenile jail in Kiambu County for the offence but escaped after only a week in confinement.
Her baby boy was initially placed under the care of a guardian before Wanjiru’s mother later traced him and took him in 2005.
In 2005, Wanjiru was reunited with the baby but she could not live with him owing to her lifestyle. The Nation newspaper she became a con-woman and a robber operating in Nairobi, Kiambu, and Narok counties, where she targeted wealthy revellers.
Wanjiru was jailed and remanded five times till 2014. She finally converted to Christianity in 2016 before she moved back to the rehab in Murang’a where she gradually put her life together again
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