Monday, May 03, 2010

Hengdong Orphanage Trafficking Logs

May 17, 2010: I have received e-mails from many Hengdong families, some giving appreciation for bringing the logs dealing with Hengdong's trafficking to light, others expressing privacy concerns. To appease those concerned with a child's privacy being violated, I have blurred the Hengdong orphanage names assigned to the children.

Hengdong families interested in getting a more complete picture of the trafficking logs, including the fabricated finding locations and dates when the children were submitted for adoption, are encouraged to subscribe to our "Rest of the Story" blog, where the unedited logs will remain available. It is hoped that this will placate any privacy concerns among the adoption community.

Additionally, Hengdong families interested in ordering scans of the trafficking log with their child's information can contact me privately.



Below are the trafficking logs from the Hengdong County orphanage from 2004 and 2005. Readers familiar with the Hunan scandal will remember that Director Chen Ming was the only director of the six orphanage directors tried and convicted in the scandal. On our subscription blog we have an appeal letter from Director Chen detailing his reasons for feeling his punishment was unfair, as well as analysis of the trafficking logs.







18 comments:

Pam C. said...

So what can or is going to be done with the children in question? What would a parent do if their child was on that list?
My daughter didn't come from that orphange and was adopted several years before that.

Research-China.Org said...

Nothing is going to be done. As far as everyone is concerned, it is a closed case. But the children are owed the information, and so it is still important to publish the logs, etc.

Additionally, adoptive families can learn the signs of problems -- the frequent finding locations, finders, etc. With that knowledge they can determine if their child's orphanage did or still is participating in trafficking.

Brian

Pam C said...

Was there a list in an earlier post of those orphanges that were being (please help me with a better way of saying this)targeted as having a serious problem with trafficing babies? I wanted to know about my daughter's orphange in LeChang.

Research-China.Org said...

We are going through the Provinces (orphanage by orphanage) on our subscription blog. I have not had a chance to research LeChang yet.

Brian

Mi Hilo Rojo said...

Brian,

Are you going to do some of this with Hengnan SWI?

Research-China.Org said...

We are working on posting all the logs we have, and are also working on getting others. Stay tuned for more later.

Brian

kantmakm said...

Do you have any theories as to why the log entries for 2004 generally include information regarding destination countries while much of that information is left blank for the 2005 entries?

Anonymous said...

Brian:

Any idea why the Chinese officials picked on Chen Ming to be the ONLY orphanage director to be tried and convicted?

Research-China.Org said...

Given that the countries of destination are filled out through February 2005, it is possible they had not yet been adopted, or the logs had not been updated. Children found in January would have been adopted around July or August 2005, shortly before the scandal broke in November.

Brian

Research-China.Org said...

We go into the reason for Chen Ming's singular prosecution on our subscription blog, but the bottom line is that he was the least connected of the directors, and there was a need for someone to be the fall guy.

Brian

Patty S. said...

Brian, is your subscription blog focused on just Hunan orphanages or do you also have details on Jiangxi in this timeframe?

Research-China.Org said...

Patty S:

We are looking into all of the Provinces in China. We have already analyzed Chongqing, and will be looking at Guangdong and Jiangxi next.

Brian

ccduffey said...

How do I go about ordering a copy?

Research-China.Org said...

Families interested in getting a scan of the log with their child's information on it should contact me directly. the fee is $25 for the scan, translation, and background to the log itself.

Brian
BrianStuy@Research-China.Org

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog with interest, and there is something I would like to ask. Given the recent decline in numbers of overseas adoptions (into the US, for example, from 11000 in the mid-2000s to 3000 last year), are fewer children entering orphanages? How much have domestic adoptions increased? I think that answering these questions, the first in particular, is essential in order to understand whether or not international adoption worked to increase numbers of abandonments or not.

Research-China.Org said...

I have seen no evidence that domestic adoptions have increased significantly. When one looks at the Hengdong logs, for example, it is clear that nearly every child was adopted internationally. All of the evidence points to fewer children entering the orphanages. But it is not homogeneous across all orphanages. Many of the orphanages with incentive programs have seen adoptions increase. This is the great misunderstanding that some in the adoption commu8nity espouse -- that since fewer children are being adopted the trafficking problem must have been reduced. While the number of orphanages involved in baby-buying has certainly decreased, the adoptions are increasingly taking place at only a minority of orphanages, mostly centered in Jiangxi Province. Nearly all of these orphanages continue to offer significant amounts of money for children.

In the next week we will be publishing an extensive study of the orphanages in Jiangxi (part of our Province-by-Province look at the orphanages) on our subscription blog, and that will show how widespread baby-buying is in that Province.

Brian

Anonymous said...

thank you for your response Brian. However, two more questions:
Why would you pay for something that is freely available?
What evidence do you have to say that orphanages continue to pay substantial amounts?

Research-China.Org said...

As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for." Obtaining the log is simply a small part of the entire picture. We are extremely familiar with the people involved in the Hengdong story, we are able to tell you the background of the logs, how a specific child fits into the overall picture, etc. If you are simply interested in getting the log, you are welcome to look elsewhere. If you want the complete picture of what was occurring in Hengdong, we are able to provide that.

For more information on evidence of ongoing baby-buying, I will refer you to our subscription blog, where we are delving into that subject extensively.

Brian