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After less than a week: Unicef boss set to step aside after a judicial investigation concerning trafficking in children
Unicef, the children's fund of the United Nations, sits with a problem. There is a judicial investigation is a non-profit organisation in which the new CEO ad interim for Unicef Belgium, Bernard kristof vlaeminck, for many years has been active. It is going to be a Walloon agency that cooperated would have on trafficking in children from Guatemala. The man himself cries out his innocence, but Unicef has asked him to step aside.

Last week on Monday proposed Unicef Belgium, proud of his new general manager. The Malinois Bernard kristof vlaeminck (67) takes the helm of the organization that is in command of the United Nations children's rights advocates. That choice would Unicef, however, now acid to break up, because kristof vlaeminck appears engaged in a dossier on alleged child trafficking.

There is a judicial investigation is a non-profit organisation until the end of last year director and treasurer. That is attached to our editorial staff. It comes to the Walloon adoptievereniging ‘Hacer Puente’. That are suspected to be involved in child trafficking. Adopted children would illegally of their biological parents in Guatemala are separated and then put up for adoption are assigned to couples in Western countries, including Belgium. The Belgian adoptions went through Hacer Puente. The federal public prosecutor's office received last year, some of the tips inside and start digging. Last month, the research officially started.

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It is unclear whether kristof vlaeminck as a suspect is considered, but its role in the association that children from Guatemala to here took, great. In the years ’80 was kristof vlaeminck at the forefront of ‘Hacer Puente’. He had with his wife just three children from the Central American country adopted and came into contact with the other candidate-adoptive parents. Together they founded the non profit. The goal? Couples help with the administration of an adoption from Guatemala.

kristof vlaeminck was the only Flemish director and arranged according to our information for years, all the records of Dutch-speaking candidate-adoptive parents. The vzw changed in the early ‘90 name and was ‘Hacer Puente Guatemala, but kristof vlaeminck remained the same role. “That vzw is arranged, however, no adoptions,” says kristof vlaeminck. “We did only fundraising for projects.” In that same vzw, however, he was again a director and treasurer. Only very recently, in december 2018, decided the vzw themselves to dissolve.


The past few months and years, the association Hacer Puente been several times accused of child trafficking and adoptiefraude. As testified by the French singer Carmen Maria Vega in 2017 that its adoption in 1984 through ‘Hacer Puente’ is not correct had expired. She came to know after a trip to her native country in 2011. They had to own say a complaint with the public prosecutor of Tournai, where ‘Hacer Puente’ z’n headquarters.

In January of this year did two Walloon women — Coline Fanon and Sophie Villers — their story in Slang, the documentaireprogramma of Eric Goens on One. “I am with those two women returned to Guatemala,” explains Goens. “Together with a local journalist we have very unsavory practices uncovered. There was everything wrong with their official papers. The one showed will be dead, the other her records, was clearly falsified. Coline, one of the witnesses, says in the report, literally, that she kidnapped and was sold by the president of the association ‘Hacer Puente’.”

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