“Hallan a niño separado de sus padres biológicos,” ElPeriódico, 8/3/2012
From the Guatemalan newspaper El Periódico: “Los esposos Cornelio y Edelmira se presentaron al Ministerio Público en abril, tras comprobar mediante una prueba de ADN, que el niño que les entregaron no era el suyo. El ente investigador pidió autorización, al Juzgado Quinto de la Niñez, para que el Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Forenses (Inacif) efectuara pruebas de ADN a las mujeres que dieron a luz entre el 27 y el 29 de febrero del año pasado. El fin, hallar al descendiente genético de la pareja. Luego de 90 exámenes, encontraron a Denis.”   Read the full piece here: http://www.elperiodico.com.gt/es/20120803/pais/215981...
“Child Abduction for Adoption: Poverty and Privilege Clash as a Child’s Return to Guatemala is Blocked”
A reflection on the Karen Abigail case over at RH Reality Check, by Karen Smith Rotabi: “Last year, a Guatemalan court ruled in favor of Loyda Rodriguez, who had asserted that her daughter had been kidnapped into child adoption, by ordering the that the child be returned to her biological family after five long years of searching. The excitement that followed included Loyda readying her home for the return of her daughter Anyeli, abducted at age two. The U.S. couple who Loyda believes ‘adopted’ her daughter remained silent…” Read the full piece here: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/07/26/child-abduction-adoption-poverty-and-privilege-clash-as-child’s-return-to-guatema...
6/7/2012: “Police arrest 800 in Chinese baby trafficking crackdown,” The Daily Star
“Police in China have busted baby-trafficking networks in 15 provinces across China, detaining more than 800 suspects, including medical workers and gang members from a variety of backgrounds, the U.K.’s Times reported Saturday. The Chinese government said the nationwide crackdown had cast into the spotlight a crime network taking place on an epic scale, with doctors working with gangs to meet the demand for newborn boys. Many couples wanting a boy to carry on the family line are willing to pay over $1,500. The kidnapping of babies in China is a prolific practice. However, there appears to be a shift...
6/17/2012, “China sentences woman to death for baby trafficking,” China Post
“BEIJING — A Chinese woman has been sentenced to death for abducting and trafficking 223 infants over a period of less than a year, a court said Saturday. Jiang Kaizhi, 51, was convicted and sentenced Friday by Qujing Intermediate People’s Court in southwest China’s Yunnan province, according to a statement posted on its website.” Read the full piece here: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2012/06/17/344625/China-sentences.htm...
6/4/2012: “Babies in trafficking case returned to mothers,” Associated Press
From the AP: “Mexican authorities have returned to their biological mothers all but one of the babies ensnared in an apparent illegal adoption ring providing children to Irish couples, the women’s lawyers said Monday. Attorney Yuri Marquez said Jalisco state authorities returned 10 of the 11 babies to their families last week. The children had been in the custody of the state’s protective services since January, when prosecutors opened an investigation after detaining a 21-year-old woman who was accused of “renting” one of her children.” Read the full piece: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/06/04/international/i183341D48.DTL#ixzz1wsn2mIwV...
6/2/2012: “Chinese police break up child trafficking ring,” Associated Press
“Chinese authorities have broken up a child trafficking ring, arresting 76 suspects and rescuing more than 30 children. The official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that railway police in southern China’s Kunming city started an investigation last year after discovering several abducted infants at the local rail station and on trains. The trafficking ring was operating in several provinces.” Read the full story: http://articles.boston.com/2012-06-02/news/31987959_1_trafficking-ring-chinese-police-railway-police...
5/26/2012: “Couples flock to Florida in adoption rush,” Ireland Evening Herald
A piece in the Ireland’s Herald explores the US as a sending country in adoption: “Irish couples wanting to adopt are increasingly turning to Florida in the US, new data shows. Some 17 babies were adopted from Florida last year, statistics released by Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald reveal. In fact, more children were adopted from the US by Irish residents in 2011 than during the nine years between 2000 and 2008.” Read the full piece: http://www.herald.ie/news/couples-flock-to-florida-in-adoption-rush-3119471.html...
5/24/2012: “Cambodia’s Orphan Business,” Al Jazeera English
From Al Jazeera English: “Between the 1970s and 1990s, Cambodia was ravaged by civil war. Since its return to peace there has been a boom in tourism with over two million visitors every year. Keen to help this war-torn country, increasing numbers of tourists are now also working as volunteers. Most come with the very best of intentions - to work in schools and orphanages, filling a gap left by a lack of development funding. But, inadvertently, well-intentioned volunteers have helped to create a surge in the number of residential care homes as impoverished parents are tempted into giving up their...
5/15/2012: “Guatemala mom to ask US court help on adopted girl “
Another update in the Karen Abigail case: “A Guatemalan mother who says her child was stolen and later turned over to a U.S. couple for adoption said Tuesday that she will go to a Missouri court seeking to get her daughter back now that the U.S. State Department has said it doesn’t have jurisdiction to help return the girl…” Read the full article here: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_20631164/guatemala-mom-ask-us-court-help-adopted-girl...
Associated Press reports US “won’t return adopted girl snatched from Guatemalan mother;” Loyda Rodríguez may sue
Today, the Associated Press reports, the spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Exterior Relations, Celeste Alvarado, stated that the United States has presented a diplomatic note refusing to return the child now known as “Karen Abigail” to her mother in Guatemala. The objection, the AP reports, is based on the fact that neither Guatemala nor the United States were party to the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction at the time of the girl’s kidnapping in 2006. When the girl left Guatemala on December 9, 2008 alongside adoptive parents Timothy and Jennifer Monahan, both countries had ratified the treaty. UPDATE: 5/15/2012: A...
5/14/2012: “Guatemala: US gov’t says it won’t return adopted girl who was snatched from Guatemalan mother,” Associated Press
There’s a bit of breaking news in the Karen Abigail case this afternoon. This article (which was published in Spanish as well as in the shortened English version linked below) says the following: According to Celeste Alvarado, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the United States has informed Guatemala that the Monahans will not be returning “Karen Abigail,” also known as Anyelí Rodríguez, the stolen daughter of Loyda Rodríguez. “A Guatemalan official says the U.S. government has said it won’t return a girl adopted after being snatched from her Guatemalan mother in 2006, because the two countries had not signed...
5/14/2012: “EE.UU. no devolverá a niña guatemalteca adoptada irregularmente,” ElPeriódico
There’s a bit of breaking news in the Karen Abigail case this afternoon. The article says this: According to Celeste Alvarado, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the United States has informed Guatemala that the Monahans will not be returning “Karen Abigail,” also known as Anyelí Rodríguez, the stolen daughter of Loyda Rodríguez. “Un funcionario guatemalteco que el gobierno de Estados Unidos ha dicho que no devolverá a una niña que fue adoptada después de que fue arrebatada de su madre en Guatemala en 2006, debido a que ambos países no habían firmado para entonces la Convención de La Haya...
5/12/2012: “International adoptions drop amid fraud crackdowns,” Associated Press
A new AP piece on the trend of a decrease in international adoptions: “The number of international adoptions has fallen to its lowest point in 15 years, a steep decline attributed largely to crackdowns against baby-selling, a sputtering world economy and efforts by countries to place more children with domestic families. Globally, the number of orphans being adopted by foreign parents dropped from a high of 45,000 in 2004 to an estimated 25,000 last year, according to annual statistics compiled by Peter Selman, an expert on international adoptions at Britain’s Newcastle University.” Read the full article here: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/International-adoptions-drop-amid-fraud-crackdowns-3547536.php#ixzz1utxJsbIM“...
5/11/2012: “The Stolen Makeni Children,” Slate
E.J. Graff has a new piece in Slate.com, continuing her coverage of the Makeni children. Her previous 3-part investigation can be read by clicking here. “Were Samuel Mosley and Adama K. stolen from their birth families in Makeni, Sierra Leone so that Americans could adopt them—and so that greedy middlemen masquerading as child welfare workers could get paid? That question was at the heart of the series published here last August, The Makeni Children, which investigated the torturously complex stories of 29 adoptions in 1998 from Sierra Leone to the United States. Birth families from Makeni had agitated for more than...
Mexico Adoption Bust Reveals Vast Child Trafficking Ring
    A child trafficking ring uncovered by Mexican police in mid-January in Guadalajara, Jalisco, has not only operated since the 1980′s, a decade earlier than previously reported, but has also provided hundreds of children to adoptive families in other countries. The story began unraveling on January 9, 2012, after 21-year-old Laura Talamantes Fabiola Carranza was detained by police in Guadalajara. She was accused of allegedly trying to sell her two-year-old son. This led to the arrest of nine other people who were said to be participating in the same baby trafficking ring. Associated Press writer Olga Rodríguez followed the story closely, reporting...
5/8/2012: “Sierra Leone parents support adoption inquiry,” Associated Press
A new Associated Press article by Clarence Roy-Macauley: “Parents in Sierra Leone who claim their children were adopted without their permission in the late 90s said they support the government’s decision to order a police investigation that could lead to criminal charges. In a statement read by coordinator Abu Bakarr Kargbo, the parents of the 29 children also called on the police and government to look into whether more children were adopted without proper consent.” Read the full story: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/05/08/international/i042032D79.DTL ...
4/29/2012: “NGO’s ask Supreme Court to ban intercountry adoption,” The Indian Express
A piece by Mayura Janwalkar in the April 29, 2012 edition of the Indian Express details a request to ban intercountry adoption. Read the full piece here: http://epaper.indianexpress.com/35580/Indian-Express-Pune/30-April-2012#page/3/2...
4/15/2012: “¿Adopción Legal?” Noticias Caracol
The next part in the Noticias Caracol series examining international adoption in Colombia: “Conozca la historia de Steven, un niño adoptado por holandeses y que según sus padres biológicos, residentes en Colombia, se hizo sin su consentimiento.”(Discover the story of Steven, a child whose biological Colombian parents say they did not consent to his adoption by Dutch citizens. Link to story: http://www.noticiascaracol.com/informativos/septimodia/video-262884-adopcion-legal?pid=0...
4/13/2012: “Baby trafficking bazaar unearthed in Uttar Pradesh, India,” FirstPost
An excerpt from a new video story by FirstPost.com staff: “In a shocking story of child trafficking and exploitation of the poor, a sting operation carried out by CNN-IBN and Cobrapost, has uncovered a “baby bazaar” in a government hospital in UP, where babies were being stolen from poor parents and sold to the highest bidder. And everyone – from doctors to nurses to midwives and even child welfare authorities seem to be involved.” Read the full article here: http://www.firstpost.com/india/baby-trafficking-bazaar-unearthed-in-up-274650.html...
4/12/2012: “Indiana couple pleads guilty in baby-trafficking case,”
An article in Indiana’s Bluefield Daily Telegraph details a foiled attempt to purchase an American baby: “An Indiana couple has pleaded guilty to arranging to buy a 4-month-old baby from the child’s natural parents for $13,000 and drugs. Stephen P. Lynch, 32, and his wife, Melissa Lynch, 35, of Kokomo, Ind., admitted their involvement in the baby-selling scheme Wednesday as part of a plea-bargain arrangement.” Read the full article here: http://bdtonline.com/cnhi/x1789086639/Indiana-couple-pleads-guilty-in-baby-trafficking-case...
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