Adoption in the News
“Baby trafficking: 10-day-old for 5,000 euros,” Emirates, 1/18/2014
“Police in central Greece on Saturday said they had arrested seven people including five Bulgarians for attempted baby trafficking. “A police operation prevented the illegal adoption of a ten-day-old baby for the sum of 5,000 euros ($6,800),” police in the central city of Larissa said in a statement. The authorities said a 62-year-old Greek had attempted to arrange an illegal adoption with the aid of a lawyer in the central city of Volos…   Read the full article here:
“Congo suspends international adoptions, leaving dozens of children in limbo,” AP, 12/20/2013
“KINSHASA, Congo — The Congolese government has suspended international adoptions of Congolese children, following allegations that some were abandoned by their adoptive parents, while others were “sold to homosexuals.” The move by Congo further restricts foreign adoptions, following similar decisions by Russia and China.” Read the full story here:
“Los niños que el ejército se llevó,” Plaza Pública, 8/6/2013
Durante el conflicto armado, los militares capturaron miles de niños en las áreas donde aplicó la política de tierra arrasada. Considerados como niños huérfanos, o niños abandonados por la guerrilla, el ejército tuvo que encontrarles una salida, un destino. Hoy convertidos en adultos desarraigados, muchos de estos niños buscan a su familia. Algunos la han reencontrado, y pueden contar la historia de los niños que el ejército “rescató”.   Read the full piece here:   VÍCTIMAS DE LA GUERRA: Los niños que el ejército se llevó ...
“Baby traffickers get death sentence in China,” IANS, 11/27/2012
“Beijing, Nov 26 (IANS) Two ringleaders of a baby trafficking gang in China have been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve. Cai Liaochao and Chen Hongfeng, of the gang based in Ya’an of southwestern Sichuan province, were accused of selling 14 babies between July 2010 and May 2011, the Shanghai Daily reported Monday.”   Read the full story here:–Baby-traffickers-get-death-sentence-in-China-.html  ...
“Egypt police bust baby trafficking ring,” Herald Sun, 11/11/2012
“Egyptian police say they have broken up a child trafficking ring that sold almost 300 babies for $US570 ($A550) each or less. A police official said on Sunday officers had arrested five suspects, including two nurses and a doctor working at the Cairo hospital where the babies were sold for almost three years. Police are searching for the hospital manager who escaped arrest. The official said the network also performed caesarian operations on women who had left it too late for an abortion of an unwanted child in exchange for allowing the doctors to sell the babies, usually to couples...
“Russia breaks baby trafficking ring in North Caucasus,” Reuters, 11/1/2012
“Russian investigators have cracked a ring of human traffickers that specialized in selling babies in the country’s volatile North Caucasus region, Moscow’s Investigative Committee said on Thursday.” Read the full story:
“Couple can keep Nigerian baby after ‘scam’ ruling,” BBC, 10/18/2012
“A couple, who could not have children, have been told by the High Court they can keep a baby born in Nigeria, despite tests showing they were not the child’s biological parents. The mother said she was tricked by a doctor into believing she had given birth while sedated, after she went to Nigeria for fertility treatment.” Read the full story:
“Demand for Babies for Adoption Contributes To Baby Trafficking,” Malaysian Digest, 10/10/2012
“Buying of babies for adoption by childless couples contributes to the occurrence of baby trafficking in this country. Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datuk Heng Seai Kie (pic) said the other contributing factors to this racket were poverty, unpaid debts, giving birth to babies out of wedlock or just deliberate selling of babies to make quick money. Heng said according to the statistics, there were 32 baby trafficking cases recorded in the country since 2010, comprising 13 cases in 2010, 11 in 2011 and eight in the first seven months of 2012.”   Read the full article:
“Agency Blamed for Pakistan Adoption Failure,” Courthouse News, 10/7/2012
“Pakistan authorities charged an American with child trafficking because her Michigan adoption agency failed to fully investigate its partner program, she claims in court. Nancy Baney says that she contacted Lighthouse Adoptions in October 2008 about adopting a child from Russia. After experiencing significant delays, however, Lighthouse president Lorien Wenger allegedly “recommended a new country program for the adoption of children from Pakistan.” Baney says she was “hesitant because she had strong heart ties to Russia after having adopted her son from that country.” Read the full article here:
“New turn taken in Spain’s Church-orchestrated baby-snatching scandal,” Free Thinker, 10/5/2012
“AFTER the birth of a child to a Spanish couple in 1978, a Catholic nun informed the parents that the child had died, but she would not allow the father to see the body. Yesterday, a provincial court in Madrid ordered an investigation into the case, believed to be one of hundreds of child-snatchings by clerics, nuns and doctors in Spain from the 1940s until the early 1990s. Children were taken from their parents and sold to other couples. Ordering the reopening of the case, the court ruled that there is no statute of limitations on “illegal detention charges” under Spanish law.”...
“Kyrgyzstan’s intelligence agencies release corrupt scheme of foreign adoptions,” 24 KG News
GRAPHIC: 24.KG news agency “Intelligence agencies of Kyrgyzstan have released a corrupt scheme of child adoption by foreign citizens, Anti-Corruption Service under the State Committee for National Security (GKNB) informed news agency . According to the Anti-Corruption Service (ACS), the scheme looks like: a foreign married couple pays for adoption services from $35 to $50 thousands to a firm. This sum is spent on receiving of Kyrgyzstan’s staying visa and settling of legal issues. In its turn, every foreign international adoption organization gets certificate for the right to engage in this activity in Kyrgyzstan. As to investigation, officials of the Ministry...
8/9/2012: “Baby stolen during Argentina ‘Dirty War’ now back with biological family,” New York Daily News
“A human rights organization says it has reunited the 106th child abducted during Argentina’s 1970s “Dirty War” with his biological family. The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo has announced that Pablo Javier Gaona Miranda has come forward over 30 years since he was separated from his parents in May 1978, BBC reported…” Read the full piece here:
8/6/2012: “Adopting From Africa, Saving the Children?” Think Africa Press
“The veneer of philanthropy regarding intercountry adoption is beginning to fade as issues are more broadly and better understood, and a dangerous connection to child trafficking becomes more prominent. It is worrying for Africa then that it has been dubbed the ‘new frontier’ for intercountry adoption by the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). Despite global rates falling to a 15-year low, Africa has experienced with a threefold rise in intercountry adoption cases in the last eight years….” Read the full article here:
“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:
“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:’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:
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:
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:
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:
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