International Adoption: Bought a Chinese Baby Lately?

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If you have recently adopted from China, here is further proof that children are being trafficked expressly for the purposes of international adoption:

Five other orphanages opened nearby and were making the same request. By 2000, however, the supply of babies was drying up …

“Rising incomes, changing attitudes toward girls and weaker enforcement of the one-child policy had combined to stem the widespread dumping of baby girls. Besides, pregnant women who were insistent on a boy would determine the gender with ultrasound (illegal, but common just the same) and abort female fetuses …

“But foreign adoptions were in full swing, with more than 5,000 babies heading to the United States in 2000 alone …

“Instead of turning over extra babies to the orphanages in Guangdong, Liang preferred to sell them to traffickers who would pay more to take them to Hunan or adjacent Jianxi province, which also supplied many of the babies adopted in the United States. The Duans say that in addition to the 85 babies she provided them, Liang sold more than 1,000 to orphanages …

“The orphanages disguised the origins of the babies, the Duans said. … “They would fabricate the information. They would say that the baby was found at the Sunday market, near the bridge, on the street. Very few of the stories they put in the babies’ files were true. Only the director of the orphanage knew the babies were really from Guangdong,” Duan’s father said …

“The Chinese government acknowledges that each year 30,000 to 60,000 children go missing, most of them abducted.

“The Los Angeles Times reported in September that local family planning officials in Guizhou and Hunan provinces sometimes confiscated babies from families that had violated the one-child policy and then collected money by selling the children for foreign adoption. “

As they say, “follow the money.”   Where there is a market demand, little regulation, and the ability to exploit a “source of product” (in this case, mothers who have just given birth),  is it any wonder that this type of unethical activity occurs?

Not only that, but that Western society denies it turns a blind eye to it the same way it did when unwed mothers were herded into maternity facilities to give birth and be stripped of their babies?   Tied down and drugged while their babies were taken away from them?

A culture which condoned this systemic abduction of White children in Canada and the U.S., of course is going to turn a blind eye to Asian children overseas.  North Americans should be ashamed of themselves.

There are other articles as well about the trade in Chinese babies.  This is not an isolated incident. Such as “Chinese crackdown nets thousands of ‘stolen’ children – As many as 60,000 children missing each year” This article states that “The girls are often sold … to agencies that arrange foreign adoptions.”  But this is not the only story — there are also these articles:

Yet adoption agencies across Canada market these babies very legally, as the Canadian government turns a blind eye to human trafficking for adoption purposes.  But I guess, as they say, “The customer is always right” — or at least has the most power in the whole equation.  And the collective financial and political power that backs the adoption industry — an industry fuelled by intense and well-monied market demand for babies and marketed as “a noble deed” — is something that it looks like governments are willing to acquiesce to.


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9 thoughts on “International Adoption: Bought a Chinese Baby Lately?

    osolomama said:
    January 29, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Coupla points of clarification:

    “Yet adoption agencies across Canada market these babies very legally, as the Canadian government turns a blind eye to human trafficking for adoption purposes.”

    No adoption agency in North America markets a child from China. Everything about China adoption is directed, controlled, managed, and publicized by the Chinese government and its orphanages. When you apply to adopt from China, your agency has zero clout. It is merely a go-between. You do what the China Centre for Adoption Affairs tells you to do. Your referral comes directly from the CCAA.

    The scandal you are reporting on is an old scandal well-known in the adoption community. It’s only making news now again because this trafficker got out of jail.

    Your post seems to conflate 1. children stolen or bought from their parents for the purposes of selling to childless families within China—a huge and lucrative trade—with 2. children trafficked to the orphanages. Both are problems. In looking at the history of the Hunan scandal, it is definitely possible that some children were stolen but the more likely scenario is that these girls were going to be abandoned anyway, so money was offered to grease the wheels. One of the traffickers in the Hunan scandal had started off just taking in abandoned babies. Later she realized there was some money to be made from getting the babies to the orphanage. Not the most noble profession in the world but not the most odious either in a situation where children are left without parents.

    Chinese parents have unofficially adopted millions of foundlings since the start of the one-child policy (determined through census data). Another 400,000 + babies have been officially adopted in China since 2000. The total number of international adoptions is 120,000. The international adoption program did not create the one-child policy. It did not create the glut of foundings in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It did not create trafficking, although it gave it momentum. It did not cause the tapering off of the supply. Few people lined up for the program in the early years. I’m not sure if one can really hold international adopters exclusively accountable for corruption in this system but we may be perpetuating corruption today by continuing to adopt and not asking for better oversight.

    Lorraine Dusky said:
    January 29, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Can we publish this on the front page of the Toronto Globe and the New York Times?

    Lorraine Dusky said:
    January 29, 2010 at 3:20 am

    can we publish this on the front page of the Toronto Glove and The New York Times?

    Lori said:
    January 29, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Sadly, denial still abounds. It is just another nail in the wheel of idiocy that seems to turn on the hub of the monster that is the almighty dollar.

    It seems, no matter how far back, that money is the root of it all. However, it is not the money, but the greedy need of some to have more and more and whom have no idea or thought or care for the cost to others.

    So frakken normal – can’t we just teach that money is not everything! Show it! Stop spending extra money here there and everywhere. Make the dress, don’t buy it. Leave the product on the shelf. That stupid little figurine is not worth the price.

    Maybe if we could show the young that it is better to spend time with a friend or family, than to buy a new toy, then women and men will stop thinking that they are more worthy because they “need” to be parents and that their money is only there to create a trade, not a purchase.

    Sad….truly sad.

    osolomama said:
    January 29, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Actually, probably more Chinese girls were adopted locally without money entering into the picture than were trafficked for adoption.

    Cedar said:
    January 29, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Dear friends and readers, I’m going to be out of town until Sunday evening, so unfortunately I won’t be here to “approve” blog comments. In the mean time, I’ve given a good friend access to approve them while I’m gone if she wishes to (her choice). — Cedar

    chowchow22 said:
    January 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Sad that so many little girls will grow up and learn of this.It will break them;~((

    Beckett Gilchrist said:
    January 30, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for bringing this up. I address this in my book.

    Beckett Gray
    Author – “The Dragon Tribe”
    Blog – The Dragon Sisterhood

    Rodney Bowen said:
    April 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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    Talk soon 🙂

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