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#Child #Sexual Offenders Overseas Get Custody of Indian #Girls

June 7, 2013

surrogates indiaThere has been increased concern about India’s surrogacy laws, which are one of the least regulated in the world.  It has allowed economic exploitation of poor women by their families for earning income by forcing women through repeated pregnancies, for “clients” overseas.  Without proper regulation, now it turns out that this abuse extends to other areas also.

Recently, a convicted serial, child sexual offender in Israel got custody of a four-year-old Indian girl through an agreement with a surrogate mother in India.  The Israel National Council for the Child (NCC) got an anonymous tip-off about the man and the welfare services say they have placed him under observation and ordered him to seek psychological treatment.  However, they haven’t removed the child from this man’s care. According to a report, there is a rigorous background check conducted on new parents undergoing surrogacy and adoption within Israel.  However people who adopt children from surrogates abroad are subjected are not subjected to the same.

This same story repeats with Indian children adopted abroad.  India has one of the toughest adoption laws for overseas adoption, even though there are millions of girls in Indian orphanages who need loving homes and families. One of the reasons cited for why India is so strict with overseas adoption is that the government wants to ensure the children don’t fall into the wrong hands!

child abuseIn 2008, Jennifer Haynes who had been adopted from India, was deported from the US to India.  Jennifer had been adopted by an American couple from India when she was 8 years old.  She moved to the U.S. where she was  sexually abused by Edward Hancox, her adoptive father.   She was then moved from one foster parent to another, and ended up being moved through almost 50 foster homes.  In 2008, when Jennifer was 32 years old, she was charged with drug possession,  and it was also determined that she had no legal status in the U.S.  There after she was deported to India. There are many such cases like Jennifers.

The Indian government must be held accountable to its adoption and surrogacy procedures.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Padmanabhan Jaikumar permalink
    June 7, 2013 1:02 pm

    Indian government complete failure in women and girl trafficking is a major issue

  2. Rees Gallacher permalink
    June 8, 2013 2:31 pm

    Yet another issue the Indian government should be dealing with, unfortunately.

    This post also led me to another campaigning website – as an adoptee myself I wanted to find out more about what had happened to Jennifer Haynes – is she still in India, is she back in the USA? – and I haven’t got that far yet (further info much appreciated!) but for anyone with an interest in adoption issues, is an excellent, informative and non-histrionic site with a lot of info on international adoption cases and abuses.

  3. June 12, 2013 11:27 pm

    Reblogged this on stopthenumb and commented:
    Why do people even wonder why Jennifer was charged with drug possession? I can tell you firsthand why myself and others turn to drugs and alcolhol to numb the pain of this very act. The man that adopted her and brought her to the US sexually abused her. My prayers are with her and I pray she will overcome this atrocity.

    • June 15, 2013 7:47 am

      I wonder if the real criminal ever faced any penalties.

  4. June 14, 2013 3:46 pm

    THe best is NOT to visit India! Boicot tourism till they change the way they treat women. And i would say even more: admit immigration OF WOMEN from India as refugees. But not with their men. Only with their children. Protect them agaisnt the “honor killings” that the family will try to do even in Europe. Be consistent with what Europe stands for!!!!

    • June 18, 2013 12:24 pm

      Absolutely. India should follow the same surrogacy laws for protection of women like in the western countries. And western countries that adopt children from India should apply the same rules of safety and care for the children they take from here as they do for children born there. Children adopted from third world countries are not trash, that you can take, use and trash at will — right?

  5. Hannah blossom permalink
    June 17, 2013 9:09 am

    Amazing!! what a world of human hatters!! Jennifer had a mother who did nothing to save her.. Un believable !! Woman deserve the right to freedom in every aspect of their lives!

  6. druidwinter permalink
    August 3, 2013 3:35 am

    Reblogged this on winterdominatrix.


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