Who Is This Boy's Mother?

In L.A. and Bangkok, a case reminiscent of Elian's

The woman had abandoned the boy, leaving him with her parents in a remote village in Thailand--until she needed money. Then, her mother said, "she came out of the blue and told me that she would give him away." For a price: $260. And that was how two-year-old Phanupong Khaisri ended up in the U.S. He was a prop in the arms of a couple who had to look like a family: the man was part of an international prostitution ring, the woman an indentured servant he was smuggling into the U.S. Caught by the Immigration and Naturalization Service at the...

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