An Adoptive Mom Discusses the Horrific Truth Behind Global Baby Trafficking
I had the opportunity to watch Lifetime's new original movie, Baby Sellers, premiering Saturday, August 17 at 8/7c and starring Kirstie Alley. As an adoptive mother, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this film. Within the first few seconds my heart starting breaking for the birth parents in this movie, and it was extremely hard to watch.
My son was born in Guatemala, and we used a reputable and legitimate adoption agency. However, watching Baby Sellers really shook me to the bones. It is a disturbing tale of how an adoption agency full of lies and untruths sells illegally obtained children to families in the United States. The U.S. parents put their trust in the adoption agency and have no clue about the unethical way the children were brought to them.
Inspired by true events, the movie is a horrific account of the brutal and dreadful reality behind global baby trafficking. Many of the babies are kidnapped from their homes without the birth parents' knowledge, or under duress. In many countries girls are the target, as they are not considered to be as “valuable” as boys.
Baby Sellers exposes the dreadful international crime enterprise of baby trafficking and stars Kirstie Alley as Carla Huxley, a well-respected, influential owner of a major U.S.- based adoption agency that helps prospective parents fulfill their dream of having a family. I am a Kirstie Alley fan, and she did an amazing job in this role.
Jennifer Finnigan stars as Nicole Morrison, the dedicated, tough and determined Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent who believes Huxley is fueling a global business that stops at nothing to find the right child for the right family – at the right price – and goes undercover to bring her sordid operation down. She really played her role amazingly well. I was engrossed in the film from beginning to end.
The movie brought so much emotion for me. In watching it I reflected on every step of our international adoption process. It was a long adoption process, 14 months from beginning to end. I think the takeaway I would like to share with others who watch Baby Sellers is that if something sounds too good to be true, or if you walk into an adoption agency and you are told that they can provide you with a baby “quickly,” that is a huge red flag.
Our process took 14 months for a reason. When you start an international adoption process, you have to realize that there are governmental steps to the process and they all take time. I had to remind myself of that often when we were in process. I would encourage you to watch Baby Sellers for yourself.
Baby Sellers premieres on Lifetime, Saturday, August 17 at 8/7c.