July 26, 2008
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300 infants illegally put up for adoption
NAM DINH -- Around 300 under five-year-olds have allegedly been falsely
put up for adoption abroad in the northern province of Nam Dinh since
2006, provincial police reported.
The heads of two communal healthcare centres were arrested last month
under suspicion of forging State adoption documents and of making up
bogus histories for the infants, said Nam Dinh Investigative Police
Tran Ngoc Lam, who lives in Nam Dinh City, allegedly picked up
abandoned children in the province and took them to healthcare centres
in Yen Tien and Yen Luong communes. The centres' directors, Vu Dinh
Loi and Truong Cong Lich, allegedly forged fake birth certificates for
the children so they could be put up for adoption.
The children were then sent to centres for disabled children in Y Yen
and Truc Ninh districts.
It is believed Y Yen's Centre for Disabled Children, which was
established two years ago and which has a seasonal nursing staff of
just four, had, by June 21, sold 100 infants to foreign child adoption
Meanwhile, Truc Ninh's Social Protection Centre, which was established
in early 2005, has allegedly put 221 infants illegally up for foreign
According to Nam Dinh's Department for Labour, Invalids and Social
Affairs, inspectors found five heavily pregnant women staying at the
centre when it was raided.
The investigation was launched following an anonymous letter that
claimed the centres were engaged in child trafficking. There had also
been rumours circulating among local residents that the centres were
selling babies abroad.
The Department's Child Care and Protection Division reported that they
had found 11 infants, aged two to five months, at the Y Yen centre.
They are now been taken care of at the provincial Social Protection
Nam Dinh Investigation Police Department was also looking into the
case, said department director Nguyen Ngoc Kha. -- VNS