Usually there is a hidden market for things difficult to obtain. Drugs comes to mind when someone mentions illegal sales. But a child? Who would want to sell a child and why would someone willingly buy a child knowing it has been snatched from its parents? Usually the person who has abducted a child needs money badly and will sell the child at a high price. The parents who are purchasing the child often do not know they are buying a child who is the result of child trafficking. Some parents can be turned down by an adoption agency and this is a way for them to obtain a child. Prospective parents might be turned down by an adoption agency for a multitude of reasons. Maybe their income is not sufficient. One of the parents might have an abusive past of some sort and the adoption agency fears that the child will not be treated properly. A single parent situation might be deemed as unhealthy for the child, as can a rocky marriage with proven issues in the couple's past. Agencies are highly selective and may put the parents through a lot before releasing a child into their custody. Then, along comes either the abductor and offers them the opportunity they have been denied or an agent of the abductor who can be persuasive.
An abductor or the person working for them does not require the extensive amount of screening and can pressure the child for a quick transaction and at a high price. The couple should be wary of this and want to know more about the specifics of the child and this adoption agency's history. Sometimes it is possible to meet the mother of the baby during the adoption process. This should be a request in an adoption that does not seem to have the proper feel. When in doubt, ask to see the certificate of birth also. Finally, back out of the adoption if necessary. For those who are aware that the child has been abducted and still want to purchase the baby, they are commiting a crime as extensive as adopting the child themselves and can be in serious legal troubles should it be discovered. Some parents are this desperate for a child and are willing to do so despite the consequences.
The method of the abductor is to take a child from a hospital or home, but can also be in public if the mother leaves her baby unattended for a few seconds. A determined abductor in the business of child trafficking can steal a child in a matter of seconds. As terrible as it sounds, a practiced abductor can pose as a nurse or even be a family member. Though the request of official documents showing the birth of a child and meeting its mother can be assurance, it can also be deception. Somebody who really wants to sell a baby can fabricate these things and create the illusion that the parents need to think they are in the midst of a legal adoption.
Some good ideas are to research the agency that is offering the child, as well as the typical adoption process. Since adoption is truly a business, check with the local business bureau or child welfare agencies to see what information can be found about the adoption agency. If possible, ask previous adopting parents about their experience. Another option that can be conducted by fertility clinics is the option of a surrogate mother. This can be a more reassuring method of adoption as the couple gets to meet the mother and be there for the duration of the pregnancy. When in doubt, do not adopt the child if something seems strange. It is not fair for one's joy and need for a child to supercede the heartache of a parent who has lost a child by abduction.