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Indonesians concerned about human trafficking in child survivors of tsunami

[JURIST] Party activists and state ministers in Indonesia have expressed concern about possible human trafficking in parentless or apparently-parentless children after last week's tsunami which killed more than 80,000 Indonesians and left over 5 million people in South Asia homeless, perhaps up to one-third of those children. Members of the Islamic Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) have claimed that "human lives" are being bought and sold in several refugee camps in hard-hit North Sumatra, while Indonesian Social Affairs Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah has called on police to stop any such trade and stressed that any adoptions would have to be handled by appropriate agencies through legal mechanisms. AsiaNews has more. JURIST's Paper Chase has legal and background coverage of the tsunami disaster here, with the latest video briefings from the UN in JURIST's Monitor here.

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