To understand why, please set aside a few minutes to watch this powerful video featuring mothers whose babies were stolen and Norma Cruz (who I will be meeting with) who organized their hunger strike. Find out about the lack of our government cooperation in locating these children trafficked and living in the US and why their mothers are planning yet another hunger strike.
Until last year, Guatemala had the highest adoption rate in the world. Between 2002 and 2007, some 22,000 of its children were adopted by foreigners, more than 90 per cent of them came from the US.
But the practice was marked by lax adoption procedures and plagued by criminals targeting poor mothers.
A government investigation into some 3,000 cases in the adoption pipeline found fraudulent paperwork in more than 1,000 of them. There is strong evidence that in many cases babies had been stolen before being traded for adoption.
Guatemalan mothers whose babies were snatched in this way are convinced that their children are in the US and now they want them back.
Source: "Power & People" June 24, 2009, english.aljazeera.net/
It is inconceivable to me why these are simply called "irregular" adoptions and not illegal adoption, which they clearly are, or more fitting yet: kidnappings. There is no doubt whatsoever that if the same happened within the confines of this country - a child taken by gunpoint or after drugging a mother - it would be a kidnapping....and when a kidnapped child is located - NO MATTER HOW LONG AFTER THEY WERE TAKEN - they are returned to their rightful parents! Why is it that when the middlemen in such horrific acts identify themselves as adoption practitioners, it all changes and it is even debated as to the proper disposition?
Ironically, the same day this video was released, there is a story on my local TV news about a woman who lost her 6 figure diamond wedding band while shopping at WalMart. A Walmart employee found the ring and erroneously returned it to the wrong customer. The report stated that although the woman who has possession of the ring did not steal it, she is at risk of being prosecuted for not returning it!
While laws vary state to state, there is no recognition of the childhood "finder keepers" for property unless no rightful owner is located. The general rule attaching to the three types of property may be summarized as: A finder of property acquires no rights in mislaid property, is entitled to possession of lost property against everyone except the true owner, and is entitled to keep abandoned property.
Indeed are not all recipients of stolen goods must return them and are liable?
For more, and how you can help, please see: Three Mothers / Three Daughters