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Illegal adoption rampant in Dominica
Published on April 28, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ROSEAU, Dominica -- Illegal adoption has become a “big business” between Dominica and the neighbouring French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Francis Joseph, advocate for the protection and welfare of children, youth, women and the family touched on the issue at a film viewing and discussion on “Voices of Abused Children,” held last Thursday at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus.

He related to the gathering his first encounter with the situation.

Joseph said he pursued the case and, after a long struggle that gained much attention from the press, the baby was found in Martinique by the French Embassy in Saint Lucia and returned to its birth mother.

According to Joseph, the true core of the problem is not the adoption but the illegality of how the children enter the foreign countries.

Joseph said that Dominican cases of illegal adoption are most dominant among the country’s indigenous people. However, it is not an issue that is confined solely to Dominica, but he has witnessed it in many other countries of the world.

According to Joseph, there are many more unresolved cases of illegal adoption in the country. However, he is not authorised to hand over any names and thus has left the investigations in the hands of the French embassy.

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