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Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) - child trafficking case

1998 Jan 1
  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.