Fw: Angelina Jolie and Husband Embroiled in Baby Trade Scandal
- I had to forward this on to you all. Check out Jolie's tattoo, containing
the all-seeing eye. Sure, she's got a "maternal heart" (and her husband's
blood in a pendant around her neck).
As if she and Bill Bob were oblivious to what , after all...
I don't think so... in fact the first thing two things that came to mind
Angelina Named U.N. Ambassador
and her role in Tomb Raider, the desensitizing flick for kids about the
Not too surprising to find this "loving" couple tangled up in a baby trade
Subject: SMH: Angelina Jolie and Husband Embroiled in Baby Trade Scandal
> From The Sydney Morning Herald, available online at:
> Baby trade scandal ensnares stars
> July 6 2002
> Two Hollywood big names have been caught up in an alleged
> babies-for-sale racket in Cambodia. Mark Baker, in Phnom Penh,
> It's an instant family made in Hollywood heaven. The Oscar-winning
> actress Angelina Jolie and her actor husband Billy Bob Thornton are
> proud new parents and even grandpa Jon Voight - Angelina's film veteran
> dad - boasts he is ready to help with babysitting.
> "Beneath the tattoos, black leather and pendant containing her
> husband's blood, Angelina Jolie appears to have a maternal heart,"
> gushed London's Daily Mail. "Since becoming the fifth wife of fellow
> Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton in 2000, the Tomb Raider star has been
> a handsome stepmother to his sons Willie, eight, and seven-year-old
> Harry. Now she and Thornton, 46, have a child of their own."
> The object of all the fuss is 10-month-old Maddox, a Cambodian boy
> Jolie says the couple met and fell in love with during a visit to an
> orphanage while she was filming Tomb Raider on location.
> "Last November we visited an orphanage in Cambodia and met a little boy
> we felt a connection to and that we wanted to be our son," they said in
> a statement released after the adoption was completed in March.
> But a far less glamorous account is now emerging from Cambodia, where a
> spreading scandal over the methods of a multi-million-dollar industry
> feeding a voracious Western appetite for quick adoptions for the rich
> and childless has prompted United States authorities to suspend the
> issuing of visas for adopted children.
> Human rights and child welfare agencies in Phnom Penh are alleging
> Maddox was bought from his destitute mother and that his adoption was
> fast-tracked after substantial bribes were paid to senior officials.
> There are also claims that the American businesswoman who "facilitated"
> the child's adoption has links with orphanages that have paid for
> children and lured poor young women to hand over their babies for
> temporary care before adopting them out without the mothers' consent.
> "I'm sure that this child was not a real orphan and was not abandoned,"
> said Kek Galibru, head of the human rights and welfare agency Licadho,
> whose detailed report on corruption in the adoption industry triggered
> the US visa ban and a tightening of procedures by the French and other
> Western embassies.
> Other child welfare sources said it was believed that Maddox's natural
> mother had received $US100 ($180) in return for agreeing to hand over
> her son.
> The adoption was arranged by Lauryn Galindo, a Hawaiian-born former
> professional hula dancer who is estimated to have amassed a fortune
> since setting herself up as an adoption agent in Phnom Penh in the
> early 1990s.
> Ms Galindo - who travelled to Africa to deliver the boy to the
> globe-trotting Jolie after helping secure an exemption to the US visa
> ban - denies she has paid money for children or been involved in any
> illegal practices.
> "When people ask me what I do I don't say adoptions, I say humanitarian
> work," she recently told the Cambodia Daily. "I didn't come here to
> steal children. I came here to do what I could to help."
> But she conceded that more than half of the average $US9000 fee she
> charges US couples for processing an adoption was handed over to
> government officials - a practice she prefers not to describe as
> "It's OK to give tips. It's fine because these guys can't live on their
> salaries ... I'm really happy to share the wealth," she said.
> Licadho has documented the cases of several women who claim to have
> sold children to "recruiters" employed by the Women and Orphans
> Vocational Association, one of several orphanages Ms Galindo funds.
> Ms Galindo dismisses the allegations - and claims by a Phnom Penh
> guesthouse owner, Meas Bopha, that the American offered her $US700 to
> hand over three infants she had adopted in 1997.
> Dr Galibru said graft and poverty had turned Cambodia into a magnet for
> wealthy childless foreigners, with as many as 1000 adoptions a year
> being rushed through over the past few years, most of them to the US.
> Australia has been spared a part in the scandal by strict regulations
> that require Australians to live for at least two years in the country
> before being eligible to adopt a child.
> "A large number of them are not orphans. There are a lot of desperate
> parents who are willing to sell their children and some do it for as
> little as $US50." She said some poor and naive mothers are tricked into
> handing over their children.
> She said senior government officials were making huge profits from
> overseas adoptions, each of which required no official fees but the
> approval of three authorities - the ministries of social affairs and
> foreign affairs and the Council of Ministers, Cambodia's cabinet.
> Dr Galibru believes mounting pressure from several hundred US couples
> whose cases have been frozen is likely to see an early lifting of the
> US visa ban. Already 18 couples, Jolie and Thornton included, have
> gained exemptions.
> Jolie appears unaffected by the row. A few weeks ago the 27-year-old
> actor said she wanted to adopt more children.
> She may face problems. After a wave of reports, Jolie was recently
> forced to deny she had split up with Thornton.
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