International adoptions from Sri Lanka are not quick or easy. In recent years, children have been adopted from Sri Lanka to the U.S., for example, only in rare cases.
The strict requirements for internationally adopting appear to have been completely sidestepped by a Dutch couple. They were arrested two weeks ago on suspicions of illegally adopting a two-week old baby. The couple allegedly procured a fake birth certificate, were contemplating paying a large sum of money to unnamed recipients and were then planning to smuggle the infant to the Netherlands.
The couple has not been formally charged. But they remain detained in Sri Lanka for another two weeks while the investigation continues.
How can adoptive “parents” who directly steal a child face themselves in the mirror? How can they look at “their” child in the eye?
Couple on illegal adoption rap, 24 News, July 27, 2007
Dutch duo remanded for trying to smuggle baby, Daily News, July 28, 2007
Dutch couple remanded Sri Lanka over baby smuggling, Lanka Business Online, August 3, 2007
Dutch couple suspected of illegal adoption remains in custody, monstersandcritics.com, August 3, 2007
Dutch couple accused of baby smuggling in Sri Lanka further remanded, Colombo Page, August 3, 2007
Dutch couple held in Sri Lanka over baby smuggling, Yahoo! Asia News, August 3, 2007