A chronology of the rise and fall of intercountry adoption from Congo

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Today we publish the French version of Congolese NGO’ Dynamique de Lutte Contre le Trafic Humain (DCTH) report on the silence around the true crimes of illegal adoption and trafficking of human beings. It calls for justice for all, an end to the silence and action at the level of the European Parliament and the European Commission.

We have published this report with the full agreement of DCTH who, as a new human rights organisation, has not yet got a website.


We are reminded that in 2010, German TV showed Roelie Post (of ACT) explaining the intercountry adoption system, based on the lessons learned from Romania, and predicted the upcoming adoption scandal in Congo.

The Dark Side of Adoption, shown at the European Parliament
On 7 November 2018, the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime showed the Documentary film the Dark Side of Adoption (in Congo), as part of the series THE TRAFFICKERS

Below is the link to ACT’s chronology, revealing international involvement in child trafficking for adoption, implicating the US, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain, as well as the European Parliament and the EU Delegation in Congo.

In Belgium, an ongoing court case involves three children allegedly stolen from Congo. Remarkably, one of these children was adopted by a European Commission civil servant, a colleague of Roelie Post. She reached out to ACT for assistance. The situation seemed surreal, so we referred the case back to her employer.

As a side note, ACT attempted to prompt the European Anti-Fraud Office to address the EU’s financing of child traffickers, but our efforts were in vain. In 2018, the European Commission vigorously worked to have the case dismissed. Interestingly, ACT was charged to cover the European Commission’s costs, yet oddly enough, we never received the bill.

LINK:  Congo Trafficking Chronology

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