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China returns 10 trafficked children to Vietnam: report

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on May 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Chinese authorities have returned 10 Vietnamese children who were kidnapped and trafficked into China, state media said on Saturday.

The children were returned on Friday after being discovered by Chinese authorities in 2011, when they were aged between 10 days and seven months, Xinhua news agency said on its website.

Local authorities have arrested 43 suspects for trafficking the children, who were all boys, China Radio National reported. Ten of the suspects are Vietnamese, it said.

Pictures posted by Xinhua showed the young children wearing orange pyjamas, playing with plastic toys and being cradled by blue-uniformed policewomen.

Trafficking of women and children remains a serious problem in China, with many sociologists blaming preference for male children and China’s “one-child” policy for fuelling the crime.

Source: Asia One


Natasha’s Story

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

Natasha was abandoned to an orphanage by her parents shortly after she was born. Having grown up in an orphanage, Natasha followed the footsteps of many other orphans into a technical school where she was to learn baking. One day, the director of the school invited a young man to come and meet with the girls. He developed a close relationship with Natasha, and after about two months offered her a job in Moscow. He promised to take her away from Moldova and provide her with a better job than she could dream of. She agreed. When she reached Moscow, Natasha was locked in an apartment, and began to realize that the teacher from the technical school and her boyfriend had worked together to kidnap her and bring her to Moscow. That night, she entered the sex trade. As a forced prostitute, she was raped and brutally beaten when she tried to resist. The brothel owners would torture Natasha by burning her with lit cigarettes and cutting her with knives. Natasha still has those scars today…

One night, Natasha boldly and secretly called one of her own clients for help. He was a builder from Tajikistan who took an interest in rescuing Natasha—even while using her as a prostitute. He had been afraid that Natasha’s owners would kill him if he helped her. But he acted anyway. He paid for Natasha for the entire night, and then put on her a train back to Moldova.

Natasha entered the Beginning of Life Safehouse and there she received help to overcome her fear, sense of guilt, nervousness and a emotional withdrawal. The team offered Natasha sincere love, kindness, and caring. She is now studying to become a baker, and is beginning the hard road to full healing and integration.

Source: My Crazy Adoption

Russia may treat child adoption for cash as trafficking

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on February 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

Adoption of children involving payments will be considered by Russia as trafficking, according to a new bill debated in parliament.

Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov revealed Wednesday: “If the legislature is approved, cases of child adoption and of taking them under guardianship or patronage for money will be subject to this new law.”

The Russian parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, was debating the bill aimed at combating child trafficking and slavery as well as child prostitution and pornography.

The new bill under discussion in the State Duma proposes a fine of up to one million rubles (over $33,000) for the organization of child slavery and trafficking and distribution of child pornography. 

Source: Zee News

Teenage Mexican mum caught up in Irish adoption scandal tells her story

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on March 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

A 15-year-old Mexican mother has revealed how she was duped into parting with her baby by the child trafficking ring at the heart of an Irish adoption scandal.

Karla Zepeda was offered $755 for a two week photo shoot with her tiny baby girl when a woman was approaching mothers in her poor neighbourhood looking for babies to photograph in an anti-abortion ad campaign.

The teenager could barely believe her ears. Earning just $180 a month at a sandwich stand, the offer equated to riches beyond her wildest dreams.

Little did Karla know that her nine-month-old daughter, Camila, was wanted for more than photographic poses in the Mexican city of Guadalajara.

(PATRICK COUNIHAN for IrishCentral Staff Writer)

The dark side of Mexico’s adoption agencies

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on March 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

Billboard on the road between Cancun and the Riviera Maya section of Mexico in 2007 asking to End Child trafficking and Sex Tourism. (Photo/ ECPAT USAID)

Adoption is boosting a lucrative business in Mexico. Organizations are allegedly paying mothers to put children up for adoption, according to Insight Crime.

The child trafficking ring was recently uncovered after a 21-year-old mother in Guadalajara was allegedly accused of selling her two-year-old son. The operation further exposed nine other persons involved.

Olga Rodriguez, Associated Press writer, interviewed seven of the children’s mothers who confessed they believed they were allowing their children to being photographed by anti-abortion advertising campaigns. According to other news reports, mothers were paid $188 per week to carry their pregnancies to term and then relinquish their children for adoption, Insight Crime reports.

Source: VOXXI

11th child seized in Mexico trafficking case

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on February 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Prosecutors in Mexico say they have seized an 11th child in the case of an apparent child-trafficking ring in the western city of Guadalajara that aimed to supply babies to Irish couples.

The Jalisco state prosecutor’s office says the 4-month-old girl was taken from her mother’s home.

The office’s statement Wednesday also says federal prosecutors are analyzing whether to take over the case.

Laos: Officer Questioned For Trafficking In Babies

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on February 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

A retired justice ministry officer in Laos has been hauled up for questioning after he “adopted” newborn babies from hospitals and poor rural households and allegedly sold them—mostly to Americans, Canadians, and Australians, according to government officials.

The officer, who obtained adoption papers from the justice and foreign affairs ministries for babies that had been taken away from their parents, is accused of selling the infants—all one to two years old—for U.S. $1,500 to $5,000 each.

“What he did for adoption was legal, but selling babies was [illegal],” a Lao national security official investigating the case told RFA, saying the retired officer had been taken in for interrogations.

“He is the one who goes around hospitals and poor rural homes to locate unwanted babies and takes them to be sold later,” the official said.

It is not know how many babies have been linked to the trade but Laos has gained notoriety in recent years for human trafficking.

(Eurasia Review)

Increased International Adoption calls for the Use of “Searchers” to track Child Histories

In Human Trafficking on December 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Amidst widespread stories of coercion placed on women to give up their babies for adoptions, and even payments and abductions at the hands of brokers procuring adoptees for unwitting parents, more are looking to hire what’s known as an adoption searcher.Adoption searchers are specialized independent researchers working to track down the birth families of children adopted from other counties.In Ethiopia alone the number of children adopted into foreign families in the U.S., Canada, and Europe has risen from just a few hundred several years ago to several thousand last year.That increase has also brought stories of corruption, child trafficking, and fraud. Parents began to publicize the stories their adopted children told them when they learned English: that they had parents and families at home, who sometimes thought they were going to the U.S. to receive an education and then return.

(SOS Childrens Villages)
Increased International Adoption calls for the Use of “Searchers” to track Child Histories

BUSTED! – Suspected human trafficker arrested

In Human Trafficking on December 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

THE lives of 17 Jamaican children in the United States may today be in danger after they were adopted and shipped off to that country by a woman the local police believe may be part of a major human trafficking ring operating between both countries.Local police, with the help of US law enforcement officials, are currently trying to track down the children, aged between five and 16. Detectives believe that more than the 17 children could well have been victims of the illicit trade.The human trafficking scheme was uncovered last week after the woman — a 53-year-old resident of Pleasant District in Bog Walk, St Catherine — was arrested by the Flying Squad at the United States Embassy in Kingston where she had presented forged documents in an effort to secure a US visa for a 16-year-old girl whom she had recently adopted.

(Jamaica Observer)
BUSTED! – Suspected human trafficker arrested

The Taiwanese legislative passed amendments to the Children and Youth Welfare Act, strengthening regulations governing adoption procedures. The amendments are meant to plug the loopholes in the current law, which currently carry with them the higher risk for the trafficking of children through adoptions. Current law only requires court notarization for the completion of an adoption, which creates the conditions of a higher risk of desperate parents handing over children to traffickers or “selling” a child in the form of adoption, seeking the court’s approval without a real assessment. The new amendments aim to create stronger consultative mechanisms to stop this from happening. Chang Hsiu-yuan, director-general of the Children’s Bureau under the Ministry of the Interior, said that about 3,000 local children are put up for adoption every year. Most children come from families where the parents cannot afford to raise them due to poverty, the parents are divorced, or the parents are mentally or physically challenged.According to the amendments, the adoption of children, with the exception of adoption among relatives, must be arranged through a non-profit, government-authorized adoption brokering organization.  
(SOS Children’s Villages)

In Human Trafficking on November 27, 2011 at 9:03 am

Taiwan Government Passes Strict Laws for Adoption

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