By David Stenerud
February 2002 NorWatch could reveal that several Norwegian marital bureaus operating on the internet are willing to give contact seeking men detailed information about the appearance of the children of husband-wanting women from Russia and other former Soviet states.
- Minister for children and family affairs, Laila Dåvøy, has read the NorWatch article and reacts with (oppgitthet) and condemnment:
- What is really the intention? she says:
- For serious contact seeking men it must be more than sufficient to know wether the woman has children or not, such as the attitude of one of the bureaus reflects.
The minister of the department of children and family affairs puts herself in a doubtful position as to wether a ban on this information being given is an option. Two reasons are mentioned: First of all, the mother is voluntarly giving this information. Second, it would be problematic to enforce such a ban.
Still, minister Dåvøy wish to express her strongest possible resentment:
- I want to discourage contact bureaus from offering and giving such information about children, that is in some cases very detailed. And:
- This can put the children in serious danger for abuse.
Minister Dåvøy informs that Norwegian government has through the Eastern Sea council - where both Russia and the Baltic states are members - established a website for cooperation in the fight against sexual and other exploitations of children.
This channel can be used for spreading information about the dangers of giving away detailed information about children, and to warn about using contact bureaus that requests and distribute such information.
Anita Apelthun Sæle from the Christian Democratic Party stated in the newspaper Bergens Tidende the 8th of February that she wanted the Foreign Directorate (UDI) to get access to penal records to disclose assaulters.
Today, UDI does not have access to do that.
Norwatch Newsletter 3-4/02