In Namakkal, greed and poverty drives the illegal adoption racket

An inquiry by police in the Namakkal district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu into an audio recording of a conversation on procuring babies for illegal adoption, "which sounded like one between a prospective buyer and a broker, uncovered a network involved in the sale of 30 newborns – 24 of them female -- from various parts of the State," says this article from the Hindu. According to the article, "Poor families with more than two children were lured into selling infants, especially girls. Childless couples were convinced to opt for illegal adoption as the legal route involved stringent and time-consuming procedures."