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Juliana Carrillo
[March 2000]
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Colombia has many problems, and one of them is all the illegal things that are done. People sell drugs, rip off others, and even sell their own children. These cases are very common in the low resource neighborhoods of the cities. There are also cases of Europeans and couples from other countries that come to Colombia with the hope of adopting a child that they couldn’t get on their own.
These clandestine actions have worried the Icbf and other adoption centers. Some people come with good intentions, like for example the case of the Spanish couple, Sebastian Lozano and Trinidad Borga. They wanted to have a baby, but for medical and physical reasons they couldn’t.
Trinidad and Sebastian, like hundreds of other couples from around the world, came to Colombia with the hope of being able to adopt a child. Before they visited our country, they called a friend of them that lives in Manizales called José María. Carlos was a taxi driver that helped José María when was moving. Sebastian told Carlos that when he heard that a mother was giving up her child in adoption, to call him and he would fly immediately with his wife to Colombia.
One day Carlos wife, Ligia, found out she was pregnant of their sixth child. They were considerably poor, and the first thing that came up to his mind was to offer the baby to Sebastian and Trinidad since he thought that with them he would be better.
The couple came to Colombia, and with the help of Gustavo Benitez Prada, (a lawyer that now is running away from the justice), did all the paperwork to get the baby out of the country. Sebastian and Trinidad gave the lawyer $400 dollars, but three days later when they were proudly trying to get the baby a passport they were caught by the DIAN. (Departamento de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales; Department of Taxes and Customs).
The worrying part of the case is that now the couple has no child, lost their money, and can’t leave the country. People like Carlos and the “lawyer” are what make this country how it is. Carlos was selling his own son!
 There are illegal purchases of children to other countries just because the “future parents” don’t want to go through the tiring routine of long months of waiting for the adoption center to respond. Besides, here, the Colombians have priorities, they get the children first that the people from other parts of the world. This is why they often choose to do it illegally. Most couples want to have a baby so badly that they even pay unbelievable prices to poor pregnant women when they are still pregnant, so when the baby is born they would give it to them. This is ridiculous; a human being is priceless. It is hard to imagine all the trouble a couple has to go through to be able to have a child. They even have to do horrible, inhuman and illegal things, while others abandon their children because either they don’t have money or just don’t want them. They leave them in the streets instead of giving them to an institution were they can be adopted.
Adopting a child is a long tiring process that can take even years, but the joy of having waited so long and then getting the baby with the satisfaction that it was through a legal process is indescribable. This happiness a woman that couldn’t have a child of her own, because of medical reasons, and have adopted one is the best thing that can happen to her.
As can be seen, adoption is a long routine, and since sometimes people don’t resist it, they are obligated to go through illegal processes. That is why, the Spanish couple (Trinidad and Sebastian), can’t leave the country. It is recommended to have patience since after, it would probably be rewarded greatly. Having a child, and know it was cleanly done through a legal process is quite comforting.

“Las Adopciones Tramposas” El País, 19 March 2000, pg. D1.


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