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The Sri Lankan authorities have banned the adoption of children affected by the tsunami until further notice.
The move follows concern expressed by the UN that some orphans were being targeted by criminal gangs.
There are no statistics in Sri Lanka for the number of children orphaned by the disaster. The government says it is compiling a census.
No one, not Sri Lankans, and not even relatives of the orphan, can adopt a child affected by the disaster until the government has decided upon a programme for adopting.
There are fears that some may have been abducted.
In India, a group of children’s rights organizations, want something similar for the children in that country. They want to prevent traffickers from exploiting children for cheap labour or the sex trade.