First world demand to adopt very young babies is driving a new twist in people
smuggling, particularly in Asia.One of Australia's senior law officers says more and more, smugglers are trading in pregnant women - the perfect incubators - for access to their newborns. Australia's Chief Federal Magistrate John Pascoe is presenting a paper on the issue to the LawAsia conference in Singapore, which is looking at children and the law.
Pascoe says this trafficking of pregnant women for access to their babies is a growing trend, and puts the numbers "in the thousands rather than in tens or hundreds."
It reminds me of an incident several years ago in Texas. As I remember the details, an adoption agency was encouraging women from Mexico to cross the border illegally to have their babies and relinquish them in the U.S. so that the adoptions could be handled as domestic adoptions rather than more difficult international adoptions. Certainly not as bad as the Australian report of trafficking, but still troubling. Anyone else remember more details of the U.S. case? I haven't been able to track anything down on it.