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Attorney Accused of Coercing Marshallese Women into Illegal Adoptions

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Maricopa County, Ariz., Assessor Paul Petersen is accused of smuggling pregnant women from the Marshall Islands and paying them to give birth in the United States.

An attorney with the license to practice in Arkansas, Arizona and Utah has been arrested on federal charges in connection to a scheme that involved coercing dozens of Marshallese women to come to the U.S. to give their babies up for adoption, which is illegal under the Compact of Free Association between the U.S. and the Marshall Islands.

Kyle Kellams has been the news director at KUAF for 25 years and has been producing Ozarks at Large (first as a weekly, then as a daily program) since March, 1990.
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