The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that Lifetime’s movie “Baby Sellers” will air on Saturday, August 17. The true events are based on various illegal adoption ring cases handled by special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations.
The movie is also most likely inspired by Chinese immigrant smuggler Robert Porges and baby sellers Lauryn Galindo and Theresa Erickson.
According to Lifetime, “Baby Sellers” explores the underworld of the “global illicit trade” where infants are sold and illegally adopted after being kidnapped. Most often the baby brokering-infant trafficking cases occur in India, China and certain areas of Africa.
The movie chronicles the lead immigration detective’s struggle to bring down the international illegal adoption ring involving adoption kingpin Carla Huxley, a businesswoman who owns an adoption agency in the U.S. Huxley is able to dupe most of her clients due to her calm and caring demeanor.
Two baby sellers cases that may have inspired Carla Huxley’s character
The true events used in the movie were most likely inspired by the cases of Lauryn Galindo and Theresa Erickson.
Lauryn Galindo was an American woman who owned Seattle International Adoption, an adoption agency that was run from her luxury apartment in Cambodia, according to Komo News. The true events occurred in the late 1990’s. She was convicted of adoption fraud in 2004.
Theresa Erickson was a blond-haired, blue-eyed attorney who was convicted of running an international baby selling operation in San Diego. Her case made headlines in 2011 when a socialite helped expose the ring. Police say Erikson, along with another attorney, promised to secure blonde haired, blue eyed boys for parents wanting to adopt children. Most of the adoptions involved surrogates taken from the Ukraine.
The case of Attorney Robert Porges also inspired the movie. Robert Porges and his wife Sheerly Lu Porges were sentenced in 2002 for their part in a smuggling ring that involved Chinese immigrants, according to the New York Times.
Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s agents were said to have consulted on the Lifetime movie to bring awareness to the growing problem of human trafficking.
The movie “Baby Sellers” is also similar to another Lifetime movie entitled “Baby for Sale.”
Other true stories that may have inspired the movie include cases involving Africa, China and Mexico. (Read more cases here)