Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) - child trafficking case

  Chart from research by Robi & Matsumura 
Parents in Marshall Islands, not understanding what adoption means in the West, were coerced or tricked into relinquishing children. In RMI, adoptions are informal affairs within a family. RMI informal adoptions do not sever the link between the child and the bio parents, but rather create a link between the caregiving family and the bio family.

  Asako 'Lucy' Ralpho
Date: 1998-01-01
Number of children:



Majuro, Marshall Islands
United States
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