Vietnamese Babies 'Sold to US'

Embassy probe finds fraud, bribery
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2008 3:47 AM CDT
Baby girls at an orphanage near Hanoi,Vietnam. Vietnam has failed to police its adoption system, allowing corruption and baby-selling to flourish, according to an investigation by the U.S. Embassy.    (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)
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(Newser) – US adoptions of Vietnamese children are tainted by bribery, kidnapping and baby-selling, according to an investigation by the US Embassy. The report, obtained by AP, discovered that one hospital sold a baby whose mother couldn't pay her medical bills. US couples—including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt—have adopted more than 1,200 Vietnamese children in the last 18 months.

Adoption service providers reported that cash and other donations were diverted by orphanage officials to buy personal property, cars, jewelry, and in one case, a commercial real estate development. "I'm shocked and deeply troubled by the worst of the worst cases," said a diplomat.