'Babies for Sale' Racket Is Exposed by Senior Judge; DPP Checks Case of Social Worker with Kilshaw Link

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Byline: DAVID TAYLOR

THE "evil and exploitative" trade in selling babies for adoption was exposed today at the High Court in London.

A senior judge took the rare step of lifting reporting restrictions surrounding child welfare cases to demand urgent action against the international trade which has seen desperate British couples seeking babies turn to adoption agencies in the United States.

Mr Justice Munby, sitting in the Family Division of the High Court, said he was giving his judgment in public because he said there was "a pressing need for the events I am about to describe to be brought to the attention of the appropriate public authorities and, indeed, the public at large".

He went on: "This is merely the latest, though I fear it will not be the last, of a number of cases of intercountry adoptions where not merely has the process ended in disaster for the child but where that process has been facilitated by the criminal misconduct of so-called professional persons operating commercially in this country."

He ordered that the Director of Public Prosecutions should consider whether there were grounds to prosecute social worker Jay Carter, who is based in the North-East of England and had helped set up a deal to buy a child from the US.

Carter is also understood to have links to the notorious case of the Kilshaws who came to notoriety two years ago after their efforts to adopt via the internet.

The judge's remarks were connected to the case of a three-year-old girl adopted by a white British couple-from a black American couple and identified only as "M". The judge said the British couple aged in their forties appeared to have paid u18,500 to an American agency and a British social worker - yet evidence showed that the birth parents had received no more than u700. …