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I am highly concerned about the deceptive use in your report of a chart of adoption fees. Your report certainly implied that the costs shown were the costs of "buying" a child. First, the chart is several years old, which was not disclosed. But, more criticially, it represented the charges by U.S. adoption agencies which included all of the services of facilitating the Cambodian adoption: Cambodian government fees, orphanage support, both U.S.-based staff and Cambodia-based facilitators processing the adoption, etc. These fees cannot be comparably compared to the fees that might be paid by French (or other European) adopting families, where many of these services are provided by the adopting family home country (but provided by private vendors for U.S. citizens) at modest cost, since the international adoption may be facilitated, in part, by the government. The corruption issues are severe. The value of your report is undercut by these deceptions.
This is the most dispicable and sad stories that often broadcast by the media all the time, but nothing ever been done by the government. When I visited Cambodia in 1996, I too encountered a woman who tried to sell her 6 months daughter and her one and a half years old son to me for $20.00 each.
According to this woman's story, she said she wanted to sell her children because she's too poor and she can't afford to take care of them. She said her family are poor, her husband gamble and sold all their farm land and divorced her. She came to Phnom Penh to find a job and she got raped and ended up with two children. The man who raped her left her to died on the street with her two baby so she had to force herself to sell her children. I did not have the heart to buy any of her children, so I offer approximately $60.00 dollars to go back to her hometown in Kompong Chhnang Province to live with her relatives. After giving her the money, I saw her took off with her two babies on a bus from the Old Market in Phnom Penh, but whether or not she went back, I've never seen her since. I left Phnom Penh after approximately one month of visiting the country.
I bet there are thousands of poor families out there that does the same things as the woman I've encountered. It's a horrify story to hear, but believe it or not, these kinds of unhumane act always occur throughout the country around the world. At the same time, there are whole lots of preditors out there who are waiting for opportunity to purchase children for their benefit such as selling them illegally into child prostitutions and so forth.
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