BABY TRAFFIC PROBE IS ON part 1

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A page 3 story in Melbourne’s, 30 March 1950, Argus newspaper reports that the Labor MP has announced that the illegal practice of charging for adoption was widespread in Australia’s capitals. And the MP demands that, as he believes children from unmarried mothers are being trafficked for ₤50, an Inquiry should be established to obtain evidence against ‘… unscrupulous doctors, whom he suspects are engaged in this obnoxious trade’. He adds it as ‘… bad as the white slave traffic or the drug trade.’

The Federal Department of Health assures the MP that the alleged sale of babies will be investigated through State health departments. A subsequent report from the Victorian Health Department is in the form of a Memorandum to the Director General of Health and is titled illegitimate children. This memorandum’s seven points reiterate the relevant 1928 Victorian Act and subsequent amendments and other States follow with similar memorandums, but nobody directly addresses the problem of the surge in baby sales. The Police reports are similarly ineffectual stating that no hard or meaningful evidence can be found of organised adoption rackets.

 

A page 3 story in Melbourne’s, 30 March 1950, Argus newspaper reports that the Labor MP has announced that the illegal practice of charging for adoption was widespread in Australia’s capitals.