New/US: Baby-selling ring sends US-bound Hungarian moms through Canada

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Subject: New/US: Baby-selling ring sends US-bound Hungarian moms through Canada
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Oct 12 1999 - 08:07:06 EDT


This is just incredible!

melanie

Baby-selling ring sends US-bound Hungarian moms through Canada
Agence France Presse, October 08, 1999

A baby-selling ring is smuggling pregnant Hungarians across the Canadian
border into the United States, where couples are paying more than 20,000
dollars for adoptions, reports say.

The Hungarian moms are unable to get US visas so they are slipping through
the border at White Rock, just south of Vancouver, according to a
nine-count, 21-page US federal court indictment.

A Vancouver newspaper reported that about 40 Hungarian women are alleged to
have used White Rock as an illegal entry point.

A three-year probe by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal
Revenue Service, Canadian and Hungarian police resulted in the arrest of
one lawyer and charges brought against another.

Janice Doezie, 49, of California, was arrested in Los Angeles September 23
and charged with smuggling people. She was released on 100,000 dollars bail.

Lawyer Heather Barnett, 38, of Vancouver, is named in the indictment and
has also been charged with conspiracy, but has not been arrested.

According to the indictment, associates of Doezie would offer money to
women in Hungary, who were either pregnant or had small children, in
exchange for their children, said a spokesman for the US Attorney's office.

The mothers are believed to have returned to Hungary where they are facing
charges, while their children are still in the United States with their
adoptive parents.

Smuggling of people and drugs has skyrocketed at the border town of White
Rock.

Illegal immigrants can enter the United States through an unfenced park
that straddles the border or simply walk along the beach shared by White
Rock and its sister US city, Blaine.

Some Hungarian women slipped through the border undetected in private
vehicles.

The indictment detailed how Barnett and her husband helped smuggle
Hungarian Timea Molnar from Vancouver International Airport into the United
States three years ago.

Adoptive parents made an initial payment of 10,000 dollars, followed by
another 10,000 to 12,000 when the baby or pregnant mom arrived safely in
the United States.

Melanie Orhant
morhant@igc.org
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