The vote would be a recognition that the Convention hasn’t lived up to its goals of preventing child trafficking and has, in fact, done the opposite – whitewashed the trafficking process all across the world, says Roelie Post.

By Luke Dale-Harris (Thomson Reuters Foundation) |

LONDON―The Dutch government is expected to vote on whether to ban international child adoption amid concerns over the danger of trafficking and laundering children, raising the possibility that other countries could follow suit, experts say.

The vote, being closely watched by the child adoption industry worldwide, is expected in March and follows a report published by the Ministry of Justice that found the adoption process can be used as a front for child trafficking.

Published in November after a string of adoption scandals in recent years, the report was meant to provide advice for a change in policy on intercountry adoption to and from the Netherlands but offered near total condemnation of the process.

Of thousands of adoptions in recent years, the report said “a significant proportion involved serious misconduct, such as child laundering or the sale of a child” with the desire of some Western families for a child at any cost creating an “adoption market”.

Yrrah Van Der Kruit, an advisor at the Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles and one of the report’s authors, said the findings were likely to prompt other countries to reconsider their adoption policies.

“If we really want to help the child, adoption has to stop,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“For as long as rich countries continue to drive a market of adoption from poorer countries, we will have this problem, and the poor countries will not put the necessary developments in place to support their own children.”

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