According to reports from BBC News, women in Ghana have been taking bleaching pills in a bid to lighten the skin of their unborn children.
BBC reports that the women have been warned against the growing trend because the illegal drugs can cause birth defects, including damage to limbs and internal organs.
This is coming just a few weeks after Ghana was in the headlines for disqualifying candidates for jobs in the immigration service if they have bleached skin or stretch marks.
BBC also reports that the pills are often smuggled into the country inside luggage at airports in large quantities and that security agencies and police are working together to arrest and prosecute companies and individuals in possession of the illegal tablets.
The Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) wants “the general public to know that no product has been approved by the FDA in the form of a tablet to lighten the skin of the unborn child.”
Colorism has been an issue within the Carribean, African and Asia for some time. But to inflict those kinds of ideals on your unborn baby and risk their health is unthinkable and the highest act of selfishness.
Have a look at the images below.
This is what taking the tablets can do to a person: