Exposing Illegal Baby Trade:
"Two years old when she was whisked away in an auto by an unidentified man, Zabeen was one amongst nearly 250 to 300 children in Tamil Nadu, many of them kidnapped and then sent off to locations abroad as a part of racket planned by an adoption agency and orphanage known as the Malaysian Social Services.
For a long time, Fatima and her family had no clue of her daughter’s existence. It was in 2005 that the police found and informed them that they might have found Zabeen after a chance expose of the kidnapping racket.
Zabeen’s disappearance became one amongst the many discovered when two men involved in an argument in a Chennai bar discussed stories of child kidnapping. After the police arrested those involved in the abductions, soon the story spilled out about the adoption agency racket. Soon enough, the owners of the service, PV Ravindranath and his wife Varsala were arrested, according to a report in TIME. It was while raiding the agency that the police discovered files of 120 children, one among which was Zabeen’s.
She had been sent to Australia in 2000."
Fatima and Sayla's (her mother and father) biggest wish is to meet their daughter 16 years after she was stolen. They know their relationship will never be the same and will probably never live in the same country together, but they would like to see her perhaps for the last time to know in their hearts that she is okay.
Her older brother (who was 4 years old at the time and witnessed the kidnapping) has always carried guilt regarding not being able to stop the kidnappers and would also like to see his little sister.
This fundraiser will help raise the financing needed for plane tickets, hotel accomodation, passports and visas for the family members. Please help them see their daughter perhaps for the last time.
The Indian family members will be accompanied by two members of the ACT Team. Their work time and office overhead costs has been donated. Therefore 100 % of your donations is being used to facilitate this trip to Australia.
Thank you for your support,
The Against Child Trafficking team
Jenette Yamamoto, Fundraising Coordinator
Thank you again for your support!