Notorious South Korean facility that kidnapped, abused and enslaved children and the disabled for a generation was also shipping children overseas for adoption as part of a massive profit-seeking enterprise.
The adoptions AP found took place between 1979 and 1986.
Brothers then sent these children to adoption agencies, which placed them with families in North America, Europe and Australia.
It wasn’t until 2013 that South Korea required international adoptions of its children go through local family courts.
Holt International spokeswoman Susan Soonkeum Cox wrote in an email that David Kim, a former president of Oregon-based Holt International, couldn’t recall specifics but “remembers that Holt Korea worked with this institution.” Holt International and Holt Korea are now separate but have maintained a close partnership.