Another Facet of Human Trafficking: Transnational Adoption in Mali

I came across an article in BBC World entitled “Fear Over Mali’s Missing Children”.  I read the story of Adjaratou, daughter of Adama Coulibaly, who was kidnapped from the streets of Bamako in front of her home in September 2009.  Four months later in January 2010, she was spotted by a family friend in central Bamako.  As it turns out, she had been “legally” adopted by the German couple with the help of a German adoption agency (Help A Child) and was due to fly to Germany with them in “a couple of days.”

The article ends with uncertainty.  The police force is not equipped to investigate the disappearances of children on the streets of Bamako, let alone track the international adoptions of children placed in local orphanages.

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