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Couples quizzed in adoption scam

Irish Independent, 16th January 2012

THE Department of Foreign Affairs has refused to say if it issued adoption visas to 11 Irish couples caught up in a Mexican "babies for sale" scam.

The couples are being questioned after seven children -- aged from two months to two years -- were taken from them after police smashed an international child-smuggling ring. Although they are helping police with their inquiries, they have not been arrested.

Mexican authorities want to find out how much the couples knew about the illegal trade after arresting three Mexican women.

The three, who are in their 30s, are accused of buying the infants from their mothers through newspaper ads.

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