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Two Finnish girls search for biological mothers in Taiwan

Born in Taiwan but adopted by a Finnish family at a very young age, Sabina (范嫚倫) and Belinda (李佳燕) Soderlund are now searching for their biological mothers in Taiwan.

Although adopted by the same family, the two girls are not related biologically, and the National Police Agency has successfully traced their Chinese names as well as their mothers' names.

 Sources said a couple was found guilty of engaging in human trafficking in 1982. They acquired babies born out of wedlock or from parents who did not want to raise their children. The couple brokered the sale of over 60 babies to couples in Australia, Finland, Sweden, and the U.S.

 Now 34, Sabina said that her personal information was fabricated by human traffickers, and that she was unsure if she could ever find her original family. But the police found out that her mother's name is Zhan Xiu-qin (詹秀琴). 

  Belinda's birth was never reported to the census bureau by her parents. The police has also traced her biological mother, Lin Mei-yun (林美雲).

 It being so long ago, the search has been an uphill battle. Using available information, the girls' mothers were probably living in the Greater Taipei area in the 1980s, said police offer Chung Yu-tien (鍾侑典).

  Nevertheless, they have long moved out of their original homes. Fortunately, investigators were able to trace related parties who confirmed that the two mothers had testified in court that they had sent their children overseas for adoption.

 Using advanced DNA matching technology, the National Police Agency has already assisted a Taiwan-born Finnish man named Conny Wiik in finding his biological mother in May.

 The police called on the two mothers to contact the police if they still love their children so as “not to leave any regrets.”

 Anyone who has information regarding the two mothers may also contact the police by phone: 02-23415846 or 02-29640337, or by fax: 02-23417049, to provide further information.

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Sabina and Belinda Soderlund sit side by side on a sofa in this undated file photo. They were likely the victims of human trafficking. The police have found the names of their biological mothers and hope members of the public will come forward with relevant information to help find the two women in question.

(CNA)

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