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Vietnam Police Charge 14 With Child Trafficking

HANOI - Vietnam police have charged 14 people for alleged involvement in an adoption racket that illegally sold children to foreigners, official media reported Monday.

The official Cong An Nhan Dan (People's Police) newspaper said investigators in the northern province of Ninh Binh, 56 miles south of Hanoi, had found that a senior official from the provincial justice department was allegedly involved in the scam.

The paper did not say how many children the ring had allegedly sold for adoption, but said those accused dealt in orphans, disabled children and also cared for pregnant women before buying new-born babies.
Ninh Binh police, when contacted by Reuters, confirmed the case but declined to provide further details.

Adoptions of Vietnamese babies by foreign nationals have soared in recent years, although diplomats say some couples try to speed the process by using unauthorized agents.

Last May a Vietnamese court failed to reach a verdict in the trial of 11 people charged with trafficking 199 children through an illegal adoption ring in southern province of An Giang.

Reuters - July 5, 1999.