Thought of the Moment
In some cases, the perfect storm of temptation and opportunity led to criminality. In 2006, a mother was drugged at a bus stop in Guatemala City and awoke to find her newborn missing. In 2007, also in Guatemala City, a mother was locked in a shoe store closet by armed men who kidnapped her baby. Both babies were eventually found in the adoption system—one about to leave for Indiana, the other already in the U.S. But other missing children never made headlines. Women who lacked the resources to search for their missing babies and mourned not in headlines but by word of mouth, fueled mothers’ fears across Guatemala.