Is Angelina Jolie’s eldest son a victim of crime in Cambodia? The new documentary explores the way he was adopted
A documentary pointing to potentially unethical practices used in the Cambodian child adoption system should soon see the light of day and it will re-examine whether Maddox, now Angelina Jolie's 19-year-old son, may have been 'stolen' from the hands of his birth family.
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In 2002, Angelina Jolie adopted Maddox from Cambodia with the help of agent Lauryn Galindo, who ended up behind bars in 2004 for ‘forging documents to obtain American visas for orphans from Cambodia’.
The director of the upcoming documentary, 21-year-old Elizabeth Jacobs, whose parents also used Galindo's services, will look back at the claim that poor Cambodian families have been targeted by various adoption agencies for years.
The British The Sun reported that the director is persistent in her intention to reveal the real truth behind the adoption of children organized by agent Lauryn Galindo. As it is pointed out, in the period from 1997 to 2001, most of the process of adopting children from Cambodia to American families, went through Galindo.
The aforementioned agent and her sister Lynn Devin ran a child adoption agency called Seattle International Adoptions, and shortly after Angelina adopted her son Maddox through her, the sister duo faced criminal charges.
Devin had to pay a $ 150,000 fine, while Galindo served a prison sentence for falsifying the name, date, and place of birth of Cambodian children she helped settle with American families, two years after Jolie and her then-husband, Billy Bob Thornton, took full custody of Maddox.
When this scandal was uncovered, the U.S. government and several other countries stopped the possibility of further adoption of children from Cambodia, and Jolie then stated that she knew nothing about this illegal trade. There is no evidence that Maddox was not an orphan, and Jolie insisted that a mother would never take a child this way.
By: Amber V. - Gossip Whispers