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    1950 and a young Victorian Federal MP has heard of an American movie, Abandoned, that will be more educational than entertaining. It is an exposé of an American baby-profiteering racket told through the story of an unwed-mother. The young woman’s sister investigates the whereabouts of her niece and the search leads to an organised gang led by a society matron. Money changes hands and criminals move in on the action.

    On seeing the movie, the politician is told of a similar racket operating in Melbourne and major capital cities around Australia. These offenders offer a complete service to those with a pregnancy problem: adoption or abortion.

    Of course there was a cost to the women: with adoption, the pregnant woman’s work at a private hospital prior to the birth. And the adoption babies are reported as being sold for £50 with a woman in Sydney reputed to have paid £200 for a baby. The mothers receive nothing and the hospitals about 15% of the illicit payments, with the remainder going to referring doctors and those networking the women. It’s easy, tax-free money and the police are in on it.

    The baby trade scandal was first exposed a year earlier by Melbourne newspaper, The Argus, and by 1950 the Federal MP from Victoria has names and is about to blow their cover.

     

    1950 and a young Victorian Federal MP has heard of an American movie, 'Abandoned', that will be more educational than entertaining.