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Catalogue Number:  NFB528819
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Sylvie Van Brabant, Barrie Howells, Don Haig
Directors:  Judy Jackson
Producing Agencies:  Les Productions du Rapide-blanc (Montreal),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Global Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1995
Running Time:  59m 54s
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Increasingly, middle-class families in the developed world who are unable to have children seek to adopt in the Third World where middlemen are making money out of misery and turning international adoption into a trafficking operation in babies. In El Salvador, women tell how soldiers snatched their babies from their arms during the civil war, babies who were later adopted abroad. In Central America, stolen children are kept in illegal nurseries and women are paid to act as mothers, giving them up for adoption. Also shown is the situation of the man in Mississippi, the natural father of a baby who was given up for adoption without his consent. Nevertheless, elimination of the middlemen allows humanitarian programs such as the one in Haiti, under which two British Columbian families adopt babies from unfortunate families seeking a secure future for their children.

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