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Re: “Arkansas's lenient adoption laws exact price from Marshallese family

The traffickers of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) children have taken various paths as they struggle to keep one step ahead of regulatory actions. When RMI clamped down on the removal of their children from the Islands, adoption brokers devised another way of getting the babies out of the country: fly the expectant mothers to Hawaii; as residents of a U.S. territory, they didn't need a VISA and the babies automatically became U.S. citizens. This meant that U.S. couples didn't have to go through the complications of international adoption. In Hawaii, the women - unfamiliar with the language - were warehoused, battled over, and given no legal representation. It's no surprise that many pregnant women also were flown to states like Utah and Oklahoma, where birth mother rights were notoriously scanty. Many news stories about these atrocities have been preserved here:

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Posted by Jo Swanson on 04/27/2015 at 2:12 PM


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