An international adoption agency in Cuyahoga County, Ohio was raided by FBI agents on Tuesday.
Allegations by the state department claim they “failed to adequately supervise…preventing the sale, abduction, exploitation, or trafficking of children.”
FBI agents raided the European Adoption Consultants building in Strongsville, Ohio. They subsequently left carrying boxes of evidence, Newsnet5 reported. The Agency can no longer go through with any adoptions, quoting that many families, as a result, have been “left in limbo.”
They failed safety procedures that prevent “…solicitation of bribes; fraudulently obtaining birth parent consent…” to get the children here.
Child Protection Services has previously been exposed for acts of trafficking and exploitation of disowned minors.
According to the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), trafficking in persons is defined as:
Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.
The adoption agency was debarred by the U.S. Department of State last month, and faced allegations of soliciting bribes and committing other crimes alongside the exposed trafficking of children. Two months previously, two notices were posted on the agency’s website. One read as follows: “We do not feel the action is warranted and we are evaluating our appeal and the other options available to us.” The agency is making arrangements to transfer its adoption cases in light of this.
The State Department states the EAC operates adoption programs in the following countries: Bulgaria, China, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Honduras, Panama, Haiti, India, Poland, Tanzania, Uganda and Ukraine.
The State Department’s investigation found the company and its providers overseas committed several violations, including soliciting bribes and lying to officials to affect adoption eligibility, according to a report posted on its website. In some instances, the agencies’ decisions or actions led to children being harmed, the report says.
After the State Department’s investigation, the company and its conspirators overseas were found guilty of several violations: soliciting bribes, and lying to officials to affect adoption eligibility, according to a report posted on its website. Also, the agencies’ decisions sometimes led to children being harmed. Such issues have been exposed thoroughly before within high-ranking government officials.