WARNING: Straight people trading kids on the internet
Through Yahoo and Facebook groups, parents and others advertise the unwanted children and then pass them to strangers with little or no government scrutiny, sometimes illegally, a Reuters investigation has found. It is a largely lawless marketplace. Often, the children are treated as chattel, and the needs of parents are put ahead of the welfare of the orphans they brought to America.
The practice is called "private re-homing," a term typically used by owners seeking new homes for their pets. Based on solicitations posted on one of eight similar online bulletin boards, the parallels are striking.
"Born in October of 2000 – this handsome boy, 'Rick' was placed from India a year ago and is obedient and eager to please," one ad for a child read.
A woman who said she is from Nebraska offered an 11-year-old boy she had adopted from Guatemala. "I am totally ashamed to say it but we do truly hate this boy!" she wrote in a July 2012 post.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/12/2013|
"I am totally ashamed to say it but we do truly hate this boy!"
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/09/2013|
I'll trade you two Emmas for 1 Noah.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/09/2013|
Press agencies fell again for an Onion story.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/09/2013|
Dear God, if we'd only had the internet 30 years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/09/2013|
How can I order a eastern European twink like in the Bel Ami videos?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/09/2013|
Swapping and giving away children has been going on around the world for centuries.
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[quote]"Born in October of 2000 – this handsome boy, 'Rick' was placed from India a year ago and is obedient and eager to please," one ad for a child read. A woman who said she is from Nebraska offered an 11-year-old boy she had adopted from Guatemala.
Adopting exotic children seems to have been the Pokemon craze of its day -- once they've "collected 'em all," they get bored and want to sell the collection.
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Growing up I knew a kid who stayed with family friends because he was troubled and his parents were a-holes. I guess that's a form of "re-homing". I support "re-homing".
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The Russian orphanages were supposed to have been nightmares. The babies were never held or shown any affection. It only got worse if the kids stayed there as they grew up. There was something on TV about adoption of grade school age Russian kids that had been in those places. They were kind of sociopathic. Because they were never shown affection they had no emotion and couldn't form any attachments. Just a total lack of empathy. Those orphanages were like a recipe for how to create a serial killer.
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I think it's a marvelous idea, and long overdue. Why should stylish parents be stuck with last season's brown child, when a yellow child is this season's must-have accessory?
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That obese woman in that article should NEVER be allowed to have children.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/09/2013|
Tell me why government should be involved in this in the first place?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/09/2013|
Look at this one:
"I just found out my son is a fag, so I need to get rid of him quick. He's 16, 6'1, 170, plays on his HS baseball team, white, good looking, generally a happy boy. But I believe in Jesus, so it's either give him away or bury him up to his neck and stone him to death. Free to good home."
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What makes you think only straight people do it, OP? And their sexuality as nothing to do with their behavior. Do you think it's OK to be a bigot if your target is more powerful than you?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/09/2013|
[quote]"Born in October of 2000 – this handsome boy, 'Rick' was placed from India a year ago and is obedient and eager to please,"
Handsome? Eager to please? They might as well describe his accommodating holes.
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Um, not really, R17.
This is all pretty much vile.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/09/2013|
You think I'm insane? Thanks, I guess.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/09/2013|
that's why i'm anti adoption
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/09/2013|
that big momma makes me want to run to a local wendy's and eat eat eat!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/09/2013|
From brick and mortar to e-commerce: the African Baby Catalog goes digital!
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/09/2013|
R9, Read a series of articles on American adoptees from Romanian and Russian orphanages. Many were overindulged by their new parents and had very serious adjustment issues. Some tried to send the kids back. The lucky ones were treated in a psychological facility for group development.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/09/2013|
[quote]From brick and mortar to e-commerce: the African Baby Catalog goes digital!
I order mine through an iPhone app now. So much more convenient, you can do it anywhere, AND they take returns! Last month, when little Butuwande wasn't working out, I sent him back on Tuesday and had a replacement by the end of the week.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/09/2013|
This makes no sense whatsoever and, to be honest, I STRONGLY doubt that this story is genuine.
Do you realize that adoptions are very much controlled, and that the authorities would be rapidly warned if this were taking place?
"Selling" or "exchanging" a child with complete strangers is a crime, and I find it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to believe that this would have been happening in a completely unregulated manner for years upon years. Adoption procedures are lengthy and arduous, and once you are a child's adoptive parent or legal guardian, you cannot simply "transfer" him or her to a stranger, as if it were an object you don't want. Also, the child;s case is regularly followed by the pertinent authorities. Parents who are unhappy with their adopted children can't just give them away, just as people cannot give away the children they have given birth to, just because they do something they don't like. If a child goes missing from their home, everyone from schools, pediatricians, neighbours, etc. would be alarmed. It's nothing like "re-homing" a pet, which also is a practice subjected to government regulation.
How distasteful and cruel to make up an idiotic story about this, for the sake of sensationalism.
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[quote]Tell me why government should be involved in this in the first place?
Guessing you're all for the "free market" controlling slavery as well?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/09/2013|
Did you read the article R26? It. Is. Happening. It is a Reuters investigation not News of the Fucking World.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/12/2013|
R26, if you didn't read the article I suggest you shut up or risk looking like a fool (too late!).
The article clearly states that a simple power of attorney is enough to transfer custodial rights and is not illegal.
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Is there an online catalog to browse?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/12/2013|
Sounds like Russian propaganda.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/12/2013|
Reuters isn't exactly a bastion of truth. They've published false stories before, which they sometimes blame on hackers. They are also very biased in articles about global climate change. Apparently, the top guys don't believe in it.
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