News/MEXICO: JOURNALIST SHOWS BUYING A CHILD IS 'RELATIVELY EASY', THE NEWS.

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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sun Feb 20 2000 - 21:04:45 EST


18Feb00 MEXICO: JOURNALIST SHOWS BUYING A CHILD IS 'RELATIVELY EASY', THE
NEWS.
Working on a story about Mexican children being sold to Canadian
pornographers, a journalist successfully arranged to buy a two-year old
Guadalajara girl, a Mexico City newspaper reported Thursday.
The girl's mother, believing her daughter was being adopted, agreed to sell
her for 100,000 pesos.
Fabian Dawson, a reporter with The Province of Vancouver, was following up
on a much-publicized story of five Mexican children who were "adopted" by a
Canadian couple involved in child pornography. He said he wanted to report
on how difficult it was to purchase a child. "Unfortunately, it was
relatively easy," he said.
Posing as a representative for a Canadian couple who wanted to adopt a
Mexican child, Dawson put ads in Jalisco newspapers and handed out
pamphlets in hospitals. Five days later, he received an offer by telephone.
Dawson said the mother told him she wanted to sell the girl "so her new
parents can give her everything that I can't."
After meeting the girl and her mother in a Guadalajara shopping mall, he
made a 5,000 peso down payment and signed an agreement with the mother for
another 95,000 pesos to be paid on delivery.
However, Dawson returned to Vancouver without finalizing the deal.
The Canadian journalist sent a letter to Jalisco Integral Family
Development (DIF) Director Maria Luisa de Obeso, informing her of his
investigation.
The newspaper reported De Obeso met with Lawson and said "the sale of
children does not constitute a common problem in Mexico."
Without giving details, De Obeso later said the DIF would protect the
child. "I really don't know what we're going to do. I'm deeply touched,"
she said.

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