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Child Laundering: How the Intercountry Adoption System Legitimizes and Incentivizes the Practices of Buying, Trafficking, Kidnapping, and Stealing Children

David M. Smolin, Cumberland Law School, Samford University

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52 Wayne Law Review 113 (2006)

Abstract

This article documents and analyzes a substantial incidence of "child laundering" within the intercountry adoption system. Child laundering occurs when children are taken illegally from birth families through child buying or kidnapping, and then "laundered" through the adoption system as "orphans" and then "adoptees." The article then proposes reforms to the intercountry adoption system that could substantially reduce the incidence of child laundering.

Suggested Citation

David M. Smolin. "Child Laundering: How the Intercountry Adoption System Legitimizes and Incentivizes the Practices of Buying, Trafficking, Kidnapping, and Stealing Children" ExpressO; Wayne Law Review 52.No. 1 (2006): 113-200.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david_smolin/1