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It was hoped that these children, who were aged between three and 14, would have the chance to forge a better life overseas.

But the schemes were misguided. In too many cases vulnerable children suffered unrelenting hardship and their families left behind were devastated. They were mostly sent without the consent of their mother or father. They were cruelly lied to and told they were orphans – that their parents were dead when in fact they were still alive.

Some were separated from their brothers and sisters, never to see one another again. Names and birthdays were deliberately changed so that it would be impossible for families to reunite. Many parents did not know their children had been sent.

Mr Speaker, the former child migrants say they feel that this practice was less transportation and more deportation: a deportation of the innocents.

And yet, International adoption is still a thriving practice

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