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NOTE: This page from the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism website offers documentation of and background about serious irregularities in international adoption. For the systemic analysis of corruption in international adoption, please read “The Lie We Love,” Foreign Policy magazine, Nov./Dec. 2008, and visit our webpages dedicated to international adoption. For ideas about fairer policy solutions, please read “The Baby Business,” Democracy Journal, Summer 2010.

News Reports of Adoption
 Irregularities in Indonesia

“Govt Wants to Monitor Adopted RI Kids Living Abroad,” Abdul Khalik, March 6, 2006, The Jakarta Post.

“Couple Must Pay for Boy’s Future,” Ann O’Loughlin, February 24, 2006, The Independent.

“Painful Adoption Issues Still Remain,” Medb Ruane, February 24, 2006,

“From Orphanage to Home and Back, But Now Tristan is Where He Belongs,” Ann O’Loughlin, February 24, 2006, The Independent.

“Child Trafficking Still Going Strong in Aceh, Nias,” Apriadi Gunawan, December 19, 2005, The Jakarta Post.

“Adoption Row Roils Jakarta,” Simon Montlake, September 8, 2005, The Christian Science Monitor.

“Most Foreigners Adopt Children Illegally,” Abdul Khalik, August 5, 2005, The Jakarta Post.

“Three Arrested for Child Trafficking,” Abdul Khalik, August 2, 2005, The Jakarta Post.

“Aid Workers: Tsunami Child Exploitation Rare,” Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, July 16, 2005, FoxNews.

“Traffickers Threaten Aceh Orphans,” January 10, 2005, CNN.

“UN Confirms Tsunami Child Trafficking Case,” January 8, 2005, Reuters.

“Govt Bans Adoptions to Protect Orphans,” Eva C. Komandjaja, January 5, 2005, The Jakarta Post.

“Fears of Child Trafficking Grow,” Beth Gardiner, January 5, 2005, Associated Press.

“Government Toughens Adoption Regulations,” Muninggar Sri Saraswati, January 12, 2004, The Jakarta Post.

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