News/Russia: Russia to crack down on orphan traffic

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Subject: News/Russia: Russia to crack down on orphan traffic
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Jun 14 2000 - 13:19:23 EDT


                  Russia to crack down on orphan traffic

RTw 4-6-00 3:31 AM

Reuters Ltd.

     MOSCOW, April 5 (Reuters) - Russia pledged on Wednesday to crack down
on middlemen trafficking in orphans for adoption in the West.
      "Middlemen are prohibited in adoption cases, which means any person
involved in the selection and transmission of children on behalf of future
adoptive parents," according to a government statement of the new rules
obtained by Reuters.
      Some foreign organisations would be allowed to help in adoption cases,
but they would have to be registered and to report back on the well-being
of the children.
      Among those barred from acting as intermediaries were Russian
officials dealing with orphans, their spouses and relatives.
      Russian media say that with 620,000 children in orphanages and
economic hardship ruling out most Russians as foster parents, the traffic
to the West grows by leaps and bounds.
      The Moscow daily Komsomolskaya Pravda reported this week that
orphanage staff in the central town of Ryazan had sold 77 children abroad
for up to $20,000 each.
      "The delivery of children to rich foreigners is like a conveyor belt,"
the paper said.


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