The Baby Business - Guatemala (video)

Date: 2000-11-01

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Guatemala: The Baby Business
Duration: 08'43"
Produced by: Martin Adler and Ron McCullagh

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Martin Adler goes undercover to report on the profit-driven adoption business in Guatemala. He reveals how children are not only being sold to would-be parents from overseas; they are actually being stolen to meet demand. 99% of Guatemala's adoptions are organised by private sector agencies and lawyers, who use the weak adoption laws, and the internet, to profit from selling babies. With the 4th highest international adoption rate worldwide, the demand is outstripping supply. Gustavo Tobar has spent three years trying to get his stolen son back, and in this report we see him being let down by yet another judge. Despite a clear need for new legislation, it's a non-profit organisation that has blocked the new legislation for fear it would prevent families being found for older children and cause a massive increase in street children.


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