registered Mexican adoptions safe
By Conall Ó Fátharta,
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012
THE Adoption Authority (AAI) said it is satisfied all registered
adoptions here from Mexico are "safe and secure" following
more arrests in connection with an alleged trafficking ring planning to
sell babies to Irish couples.
11 Irish couples about the apparent child trafficking ring, yesterday
rescued a tenth baby and arrested three more women.
Authorities in the Mexican city of Guadalajara took the nine-month old
baby boy into care after he was discovered at a country house in the
town of Tonala, a suburb of the city.
In a statement, the Jalisco state prosecutor said the three women
arrested had told authorities they had been hired as nannies to take
care of children who were in the process of being adopted.
It remains unclear as to whether or not the Irish couples being
questioned were travelling under an adoption visa, which is required in
order to adopt from Mexico.
Private adoptions of babies to other countries were legal up to last
year, but Mexico introduced tight restrictions on the practice in recent
There is only one system of inter-country adoption within Mexico, a
public and statutorily regulated system. It stipulates that no children
under five should be proposed for inter-country adoption, the only
exceptions being children with special needs or sibling groups.
In a statement issued to the Irish Examiner yesterday, the AAI said it
did not comment on individual registrations and declined to comment as
to whether or not any children under five years old had been adopted to
Ireland since that stipulation came into force.
However, it stressed that to "the best of our information,
knowledge and belief, all adoptions which have been entered in the
Register of Inter-country Adoptions are safe and secure".
The AAI has repeatedly warned prospective adoptive parents looking to
adopt from Mexico "not to enter into private arrangements with
private individuals or private agencies to adopt".
The latest arrests brings to 10 the total number of babies recovered as
part of the investigation into the alleged adoption scam. Last week,
authorities detained four women, and seized nine children between the
ages of two months and two years old.
The women had reportedly taken a number of children to a hotel in
Guadalajara where they met the Irish couples intending to adopt the
Public prosecutors in Jalisco are investigating whether the Irish
couples, who were looking after the children, were duped into taking
part in the scam.
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