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“Chinese parents compete with foreign applicants to adopt healthy babies- It now takes nine to 10 years on average to adopt a healthy child from Shanghai’s orphanages. Due to the shortage of healthy adoptable kids, many people have turned to an underground market to find children from dealers.”  From Global Times.

An obstetrician was found guilty of selling newborn babies. ( Trust.org)  Twin baby girls rescued as China maternity hospital trafficking probe continues.(CNN)

Four websites were found selling children under the guise of adoption.  (Guardian, Daily Mail and  South China Morning Post)

A cross-border organisation involved in trafficking of babies and pregnant women from China. (China.org and W China Times)

 

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In my next life, I want to be reborn as a 개나리 flower in Korea, so that I can make Koreans happy for a spring and die on my homeland. That’s how much I love Koreans and how much I miss Korea. But I never ever want to be reborn as a girl in Korea, because I was a Korean girl who was happy at the sight of bright yellow flowers.

In my next life, I want to be reborn as a 진달래 flower in Korea, so that I can bring tears of joy to the eyes of a little Korean girl and die on my homeland. That’s how much I love Koreans and how much I miss Korea. But I never ever want to be reborn as a girl in Korea, because I was that little girl who had tears of joy at the sight of the beautiful pink flowers in a forest.

In my next life, I want to be reborn as a 무궁화 flower, so that I can live and die on my homeland being admired and loved by my people. That’s how much I want to be loved by my people and how much I miss my country. But I never ever want to be reborn as a girl in Korea, because I was that little Korean girl who admired and loved her country’s national flower.

In my next life, I want to be reborn as a 나무 in the middle of a forest in Korea, so that I can never be moved from my homeland and so that I can filter the sunlights through my leafy branches to make a girl dance of joy. That’s how much I love and miss my country. But I never ever want to be reborn as a girl in Korea, because I was that little girl who wanted to dance of joy looking the sunlight through leaves in a forest.

I’m nostalgic while humming the air of the songs whose lyrics I lost except the words 개나리, 진달래, 무궁화 and 나무. I’m homesick with grief and sadness when I think of my people. I long and yearn for my lost language, homeland and people.

I want to die at this moment and be reborn in Korea.  But I never ever want to be reborn as a human being in Korea. That’s how much I hate you and despise you, that’s how much you hurt me.

In my next life, I want to be reborn as a flower or a tree in Korea. Because I was a Korean girl, a human being you sold.

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in other parts of the world, parents still wait for return of their stolen children

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After five-year search and a hunger strike, mom seeks return of daughter from US [link]
Searching Mothers protest in front of Guatemala’s National Palace. [link]


“The Attorney General’s Office (PGN) of Guatemala has received 22 reports of stolen children in seven months, indicating that trade in illegal adoption continues to grow despite the regulations, and also highlights an even more disturbing phenomenon: the use of children for organ trafficking. According to the attorney of the Child of the PGN, Erick Cardenas, most of the stolen babies are sold for illegal adoption or for their organs. Cardenas said the hospital workers, including doctors and midwives often are involved in the illegal business, helping criminal networks to obtain fake birth certificates for newborns” From InSight Crime.

Recommended book: Finding Fernanda by Erin Siegal  McIntire.

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Maternity homes ran by adoption agencies in Korea and elsewhere and baby factories in Nigeria are not much different from each other. Both are set up and ran by greedy people motivated by the prospect of gaining money. Both benefit from the stigma against single mothers. In a society that shuns and looks down on single mothers, both are the only places where single pregnant women can turn to. Both encourage or force the pregnant women to give up their newborns. Both sell babies. Both have as main clients childless couples. The only difference between them is that a maternity home is legal and has the approval of the government and the society while a baby factory is illegal. A maternity home ran bay an adoption agency is a legal baby factory. Adoption agencies are legal child trafficking orgnisations.

Baby factory in Nigeria [link]

Baby-factory

A maternity home run by an adoption agency in Korea

Seventeen of South Korea’s 25 unwed mothers’ maternity homes are adoption agency owned and operated.[link] By 2015, adoption agencies in Korea will no longer be allowed to establish or to run maternity homes.

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more orphans are manufactured for sale adoption.

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 In 2008, a network of baby factories claiming to be orphanages, was revealed in Enugu, Enugu State (Nigeria) by police raids. [link] In 2011, policed dismantled two baby factories posing as hospitals in Aba. [link and link]

About 2500 teenagers have been rescued from ‘baby factories’ across the South-East states in the last one year. [link]

The buyers are most often couples who have been unable to conceive and male children typically earn a much higher price than baby girls.  [link] Fake Doctor gave pregnant ladies N100, 000 per baby. Desperate couples pay the doctor N500, 000 each for baby. [link] But other reports suggest some women have been kidnapped and forcibly impregnated by traffickers. Though police think these cases are extremely rare. [link]

Denmark has suspended adoptions from Nigeria less than a month after Lagos police arrested eight people at a suspected baby factory. [link and link].

 

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