The Transnational Illegal Adoption Market: A Criminological Study Into The German And Dutch Intercountry Adoption Systems
PhD student: Mrs Dr E. Loibl
Promotors: Mrs Dr S.W.E. Rutten, Prof A. Klip
Duration: 1/10/2014 - 30/9/2017
PhD defence: Maastricht, 15/5/2019
In recent years numerous intercountry adoption scandals emerged where children in intact families were purchased or abducted from their birth parents and subsequently 'laundered' trough the adoption and legal system as an orphan 'and then doptee'. Child laundering is not a technical regulatory breach or only a peripheral evil toward a greater good, namely the good of saving children from poor countries, rather it is an outright crime. The objective of my research project is to highlight a general co-responsibility of the European receiving countries by demonstrating how their legal and adoption systems encourage and facilitate this serious crime.