11 Dec 2011

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Author of the award-winning book Finding Fernanda. Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Redux Pictures photographer. Read more here.

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12/10/2011: “Niños Sin Rastro,” RTVE

There’s a new Spanish news documentary called “Children Without Faces,” produced by the media outlet RTVE in Spain. Here’s their description of the piece:

“Las redes de crimen organizado extienden sus tentáculos sobre la trata de seres humanos y la explotación infantil casi al mismo ritmo que las adopciones internaciones se convierten en negocios rentables en los países menos desarrollados. Cada vez hay más casos de adopciones, que parecen dentro de la legalidad en el país de origen, pero que esconden historias dramáticas de secuestros de menores. Un ejemplo es Guatemala: Es uno de los países del mundo con mayor porcentaje de niños robados y se calcula que unos 5 mil salen al año del país para ser adoptados. Para evitarlo, algunos países de acogida, entre ellos España, piden la aprobación de una Ley que obligue a identificar con pruebas de ADN a todos los niños que abandonen Guatemala.”

A rough translation: ”Organized crime networks extended their reach into human trafficking and child exploitation at almost the same time as adoptions become profitable business in less developed countries. There have been increased cases of adoption that are legal within their country of origin, but hide dramatic accounts of child abduction. An example is Guatemala: one of the countries in the world with the highest percentage of stolen children, and an estimated 5,000 per year leaving the country in adoption. To avoid this, some receiving countries, including Spain, asked for the approval of a law requiring DNA tests on all children leaving Guatemala.”

In the documentary, there’s footage from the Casa Quivira raid I mention in Finding Fernanda, as well as video clips of both Loyda Rodríguez and Mildred Alvarado talking about their experiences as mothers of kidnapped children.

Watch the documentary here: http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/informe-semanal/informe-semanal-ninos-sin-rastro/1269829/?date=1323623756998

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