Baby-trafficking horror exposed

The Sydney Morning Herald
Mark Russell
May 24, 2009

CHILD-TRAFFICKING gangs were moving pregnant women from country to country, then waiting for them to give birth before selling their babies, Australia’s chief federal magistrate said yesterday.

John Pascoe said the infants were being sold mainly for illegal adoption but also for sexual exploitation, slavery and begging.

He said demand for babies who only knew their adoptive parents was high. “More importantly, the children have no official identity or proven nationality and, therefore, an identity can be easily forged to suit the purpose for which they are intended,” Mr Pascoe said in Singapore, addressing a conference on the trafficking in unborn children.

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