Search a Child, Pay Cash: The Adoption Lobby
“….as long as there is a demand for children, there will be a search to find ways to create a supply.” Guenther Verheugen
In 2008 the Secretary General of the Commission (C. Day) suggested that Roelie set up an NGO for child rights, and her EU Salary as well as her status as EU official would be continued. This resulted in the setting up of ACT. Roelie was joined by Arun Dohle and they worked on big inter-country adoption cases in Australia, China, India, the European Union, Ethiopia and Malawi (where they became involved in the court case of the Human Rights organisations opposing Madonna adopting Mercy). A series of articles and TV documentaries started appearing about ACT’s work, most notably the public German TV (WDR) documentary Search a Child, Pay Cash: The Adoption Lobby, which won a prestigious media prize in 2010 (Stiftung Kindernothilfe, Berlin).
Against Child Trafficking considers this demand-driven market in children to be child trafficking/sale of children.
CHILDREN HAVE RIGHTS
CHILDREN ARE NOT COMMODITIES
CHILDREN ARE NOT FOR SALE
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