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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sat Nov 20 1999 - 23:18:39 EST


UNICEF DIRECTOR URGES MEASURES TO DETER CHILD ...

OTC 11-18-99 2:45 PM

 Mexico City, Nov 18, 1999 (EFE via COMTEX) -- United Nations Children's
Fund (UNICEF) regional head Per Engebark said that it was very important
for the international community to make child welfare a priority and to
take steps to combat child smuggling.
   Engebark said Wednesday that child trafficking was a very serious
problem in some countries "not just because of kidnapping, but also
because child trafficking is permitted under certain legal systems."
   Engebark said that some legal systems did not afford children the
protection they require under the Hague Convention on International
Adoption.
   Several cases of child trafficking had been reported in Mexico,
Guatemala and Paraguay, he noted.
   Countries like Mexico needed to make child protection a policy
priority, Engebark said, adding that the topic would be discussed in the
upcoming Panama Summit.
   The UNICEF director said that he has worked to bring media attention to
the issue of child trafficking in the hope of creating mechanisms to
promote child welfare. EFE
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Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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