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Children for Sale
Everything Must Go As British Government Sells Its Children to Japan
By Shane Clarke
London Correspondent
Children of the world

Picture this: A British child, born in Britain, to a British parent, holding a British passport and habitually resident in Britain. This child is then stolen away to a foreign country in exchange for financial incentives. This just about perfectly fits the definition of human trafficking – a crime under British and international law. You would think the British government would be furious at this, and do everything in their power to recover this child. But how can they, when it is they who are selling it?

According to Foreign Office figures, 33 children have been abducted to Japan in the past 3 years. That’s almost 1 child every month, torn away from their home and dragged to another country. But not many people know about that, because the British government don’t want people to know, because they are allowing it to happen in exchange for economic benefits. Nissan announced the manufacture of a new car in the UK recently; a lucrative trade agreement was agreed between Japanese traders and a bridal company in Jack Straw’s constituency. Perhaps this explains the total silence from Jack Straw and Gordon Brown on this matter, despite more than a year of letters, emails and phone calls from yours truly.

In over a year, not a single senior member of the government has even acknowledged my existence, despite the fact that British children are being kidnapped at will, and the criminals perpetrating these crimes are doing so with complete impunity. In fact, there are financial advantages for them back in Japan. Japan has a shortage of children, you see, so the government over there offers generous financial incentives for these children to be brought there. I guess you could say there is a booming trade in children at the moment, and the British government are one of the biggest traders.

This made it all the more sickening for me when I saw Sarah Brown at the Labour Party conference last week, introducing her husband, saying that he, “always makes time for anyone”. Hmm – in over a year, he hasn’t made a second for my children and the other 31 that have been abducted in the past three years. He hasn’t even acknowledged their existence. His latest shun came just last week when I contacted Matt in the Downing Street press office in my capacity as a journalist. I emailed a list of questions about the issue, and yet again, there is no reply. I guess Mr Brown doesn’t want to derail the Japanese gravy train, especially when his position is already so precarious.

So, I ask – how can we trust this government to go on running this country when they are so willing to sell its children like so much cattle? One wonders if they would be willing to sell their own children; although I guess they would be a bit more expensive – perhaps a manufacturing plant or some serious venture capital for one of their children?



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Shane Clarke serves as London Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He has been involved in humanitarian work for numerous years. He’s also a freelance management consultant. Having completed an honors degree in Law at Wolverhampton University, he then moved on to an MBA at Warwick Business School. He’s heavily involved in the fight against international parental child abduction to Japan.

 

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