[UPDATE: Both now taken down.]
A PLEA: I would like to thank a group of Twitter activists of all stripes for striking up the conversation that ended up in a thread almost 300 tweets long that resulted in this most temporary of minor victories against child trafficking. A search on Twitter for “#Adoption911” should bring it up.
I would also like to thank anyone who took the time to write, call, or file a report. I think it might be fair to say that many of us are “talked out” on the subject, and the endless spinning of wheels and chewing of gristle does not do much to change things. In fact, it can be seen as a tactic to do the exact opposite.
And so, a plea of sorts. When we discuss such cases, how can we shift from a reactive emotional response to a pro-active response, either via the given System as it were (as in this case) or via more activist means? A start might be leveling the playing ground of discussion, by providing background information, historical references, and other attempts to render transparent the rather obfuscated.
In this case, a few simple tools (the WhoIs database, the PEAR web site) led to some startling information that once aggregated made a more compelling case. I would also point out the work at Pound Pup Legacy in this regard as well as ACT, as being exceptional for making reference within the realm of adoption, child trafficking, etc.
If you have any further references along these lines, please add a comment with them. Thanks again, and I look forward to much more engagement and empowering action along these lines.
This Facebook page [UPDATE: Since taken down], also found at the web site WIAA.org, is listing children available for what is now known as “second adoption”, by families who are no longer willing to care for them, aka, “Disruptors”. Whatever one’s opinion of such a practice—redolent as it is of the days of slavery, or the Orphan Trains, where children were listed by age, gender, race, and health—it should be agreed that the use of identifying information of such children is an obscene breach of ethics, especially in this day and age of “Stranger Danger”, child trafficking, and the like.
As reported by Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR), this web site has been suspended from submitting new dossiers to China. Please take some time now to report this web site to the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and explain the reason as stipulated by federal law, here at HHS.gov. The name and address of the individual running these web sites—Damon Kaiser, of Ogden, Utah—can be found at whois.org. Thank you in advance for your help. Should you wish to communicate on Twitter, please be sure to use hashtag #Adoption911