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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 Nigeria

“FG to clamp down on kidnappers,” November 2, 2008, Daily Trust.

“Police Raid Another 'Baby Factory',” Francis Ugwoke, October 7, 2008, This Day.

“FG Urged to Make Adoption Laws More Flexible,” Bamun Nii-Veror, October 3, 2008, The Leadership.

“NSCDC Rescues 30 Kids From Traffickers,” August 4, 2008, This Day.

“Infants for Sale?,” June 11, 2008, The Leadership.

“Wicked Grandma! 80-year old arrested for selling babies,” Chris Agbambu, Abuja, June 6, 2008, Nigerian Tribune.

“Child Trafficking-Babies,” Roland Ogbonnaya, January 6, 2008, This Day.

“Agony of a Mother in Adoption Palaver,” July 9, 2007, The Daily Champion.

“Orphanage: Keyamo challenges Lagos govt,” Abimbola Akosile and Faith Ayangbeso, March 12, 2005, This Day Online.

“A Painful Struggle over Nigeria’s Abandoned Children,” Brenda Wilson, February 18, 2006, Weekend Edition, NPR.

“Nigerian officials rescue more than 100 children from child traffickers,” UNICEF, March 9, 2005,  Newsline.

“Orphanage of horror,” Rotimi Williams and Bamidele Adebayo, March 6, 2005, Sunday Punch.

“Nigeria: Sunset for Good Shepherd Orphanage,” Oghenekevwe Laba, March 1, 2005, This Day.

“Nigeria: Orphanage scam: Proprietress, 10 others for prosecution, Lagos bans centre,” February 28, 2005, Vanguard.

“IMO Govt Threatens to Deal With Employees Over Sale of Baby,” Chidi Nkwopara, July 29, 2003, The Vanguard.

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