Georgia Tann

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American child trafficker

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According to Wikipedia, Beulah George Tann , known as Georgia Tann, was an American child trafficker who operated the Tennessee Children's Home Society, an adoption agency in Memphis, Tennessee. Tann used the unlicensed home as a front for her black market baby adoption scheme from the 1920s where young children were essentially kidnapped and sold to wealthy families. This occurred until a state investigation into numerous instances of adoption fraud being perpetrated by her closed the institution in 1950. Tann died of cancer before the investigation made its findings public. Tann's custom of placing children with influential members of society normalized adoption in America, and many of her adoption practices became standard practice.

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