An Arizona official is charged for human smuggling with a multi-million dollar scheme of child adoption.
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An Arizona official smuggled more than 40 women into the U.S. from the Marshall Islands. He promised them money in exchange for their babies.
Authorities believe Paul Peterson, who is an adoption lawyer and Maricopa County Assessor, was the head of a smuggling ring that smuggled Marshallese women and promised them to provide a significant amount of money in exchange for their babies for adoption in Utah, state Attorney General Sean Reyes revealed on Wednesday.
Not Here His Crime Stops, Arizona Official Did Many Things Wrong
His crimes not only include human smuggling, but it also consists of the sale of a child, communications fraud, and pattern of unlawful activity.
“The commercialization of children is illegal, and the commoditization of children is simply evil,” – Reyes said.
Marshall Island’s women who give birth and putt their babies up for adoption were the main target of this smuggling ring. They bring mother along with the to the USA and smuggle them and sale their babies separately.
“The Arizona Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Utah Attorney General’s Office were involved in the arrest,”– Officials Revealed
Petersen charged families about $25,000-$40,000 per adoption and deposited about $2.7 million into a bank account for adoption fees in less than two years, according to the court documents that were presented in front of the judge.