Pregnant women being trafficked for their babies

From ABC Radio World Australia

Pregnant women being trafficked for their babies

First world demand to adopt very young babies is driving a new twist in people smuggling, particularly in Asia.

of Australia's senior law officers says more and more, smugglers are
trading in pregnant women – the perfect incubators – for access to
their newborns. Australia's Chief Federal Magistrate John Pascoe is
presenting a paper on the issue to the LawAsia conference in Singapore,
which is looking at children and the law.

He says that among the
measures needed to fight the insidious trade should be a new system of
children's rights. To illustrate the shift in focus for the smugglers,
Mr Pascoe describes a 2003 case that happened off Indonesia.

To listen to the interview or read the transcript, click here.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

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