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Diplomatic immunity

December 9th, 2007 . by Matt

This is just terrible. I thought child abandonment was some sort of crime – perhaps I was wrong. Hat tip to IP.

A senior European diplomat working in Hong Kong has promoted outrage by giving up the seven-year-old Korean girl he adopted with his wife as a baby.

The unnamed diplomat handed the girl over to social workers in Hong Kong saying the adoption had not worked out, the Sunday Morning Post reported today.

The man and his wife adopted the girl as a four-month-old baby in Korea, where he was working at the time, when they thought they could not have children of their own.

The diplomat’s wife has since had two children and decided to hand the girl over to social workers in Hong Kong because the diplomat said the adoption had “gone wrong,” the newspaper reported.

Social workers and the Korean community in Hong Kong are now trying to find a new home for the girl, who is in the care of an expatriate foster family in the former British colony.

The girl, who speaks English and Cantonese but not Korean, is neither a citizen of her adoptive parents’ home country nor a Hong Kong resident so her future in the territory is uncertain.

The diplomat told the newspaper his family was struggling to cope with their decision and said his wife was undergoing therapy after giving her adopted Korean daughter away last year.

“It’s just a very terrible trauma that everyone’s experiencing,” he was quoted as saying. “It is something we have to deal with.

“My Foreign Ministry knows about my situation. I have also been in touch with the Hong Kong government and they have been very helpful to me and so has my own employer.”

The plight of the girl, described by the newspaper as healthy and happy, has sparked anger and bewilderment among members of the Korean community in Hong Kong who have flooded the country’s consulate with offers of help.

Horrible people.

5 Responses to “Diplomatic immunity”

  1. comment number 1 by: GarlicBreath

    I have noticed a disturbing trend of adult corean adoptees who see their adoption as abduction. I don’t know the exact figures but as far as I can tell these “transracial abductees” are almost always Corean.

  2. comment number 2 by: MarkA

    What do you expect from the Dutch, the same people who turned over Anne Frank?

  3. comment number 3 by: chase

    That’s sad. being abandoned twice.. I hope the girl can find better parents next time. I’m surprised to know that you are allowed to abandon your adopted child though…

    Garlicbreath, I agree with you that its so horrible that those girls are calling their parents abductors. ‘abduction’ is such a strong and horrible word to describe parents. I understand that they might have faced some ‘racism’, but from their description, their parents were not intentional at all and it seems like they only caught flaws from their parents trying to be really nice to them. Even real ordinary parents are not perfect. why do they seek perfection only??

  4. comment number 4 by: General Tiger


  5. comment number 5 by: tman

    Nobody interested in discussing this event? I guess you can find some kind of negative angle on Korea from this story, as pointed out by Garlicbreath. Anyone? I guess not.