382 Online Black Market Babies Saved By Chinese Police

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Image source: ThinkStock

It’s hard to imagine, but not surprising, that black market sales of babies, or rather child trafficking, occurs today.

The film Philomena recently highlighted the slippery slope of adoption versus trafficking of children. As an adoptee, I grew up hearing about the 1960s and 1970s as being contaminated with underground rings of baby selling networks.

China investigated four websites and more than 30 message boards in Beijing and Eastern China, which resulted in the roundup and arrest of more than 1,000 people. 382 Chinese babies were saved, each being sold for approximately $3,250. Most of the babies’ mothers were misled to believe that their newborn was sick and then pressured to give them up. What can you do?  I recommend getting started by educating yourself about human trafficking here in the U.S.  If you haven’t heard Rachel Lloyd, founder of GEMS, speak — you’ll find that she is powerful, very likable and leaves you hopeful.

If you’re considering international adoption, always ask if the agency follows the Hague Adoption Convention and assure that you’re adopting only from Convention countries (see list here).

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