29 Oct 2018

Samoa to tighten adoption laws to counter slave labour

11:10 am on 29 October 2018

Samoa says it will tighten adoption laws after hearing adopted Samoan children living overseas are being exploited and treated like slaves.

Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: RNZ Pacific /Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said there were no checks and balances for Samoans overseas adopting Samoan children.

He said in some cases, adopted Samoans were being used as slave labourers by their relatives.

Tuilaepa said the government was working to fix legal loopholes to counter the abuse.