Help for mothers involved in adoption fraud scheme
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Paul Petersen

By Haley Higgins, KSTU

SALT LAKE CITY (KSTU) -- An estimated 10 to 20 pregnant women from the Marshall Islands may still be in Utah, caught up in an alleged international adoption scheme by an Arizona politician.

This week Paul Petersen was arrested and accused of facilitating so-called “baby mills” in Utah, Arizona and Arkansas.

In Mesa, Arizona, Paul Petersen begins his defense against accusations that he sold more than 60 babies to unknowing adoptive families.

Victim advocates rally around women flown here to have those children.

Women lived in so-called “baby mills” until Petersen’s arrest on Tuesday.

The victims were scattered across at least two states.

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