Poor Indian kids kidnapped for adoption in AustraliaAugust 22nd, 2008 - 3:28 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Aug.22 (ANI): A Time magazine report has claimed that poor Indian children are being kidnapped and sent to Australia for adoption with the help of state government agencies.
According to the magazine, at least 120 children were kidnapped from slums in southern India and were sold to a Chennai-based adoption agency Malaysian Social Services (MSS) for as little as 280 Australian dollars, before being sent overseas.
Police in India told the magazine that after MSS brought the children from kidnappers, new identities were created before the children were distributed overseas.
According to news.com.au, Indian police believe at least Australian families adopted 13 kidnapped children.
Indian authorities are now hoping to question officials from the Queensland Families Department.
Queensland Child Safety Minister Margaret Keech told the magazine that the allegations were very concerning. (ANI)