Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon has long been under fire from traditional religious groups for his arranged, mass marriages of church members.

Now, a situation in Mobile, Alabama, has some cult-watching organizations asking whether Moon has gotten into the business of arranging children in families as well.

According to detective Lark Dodd of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department, within the past six months five situations have occurred in which couples have traveled to the United States, given birth to babies, and then given or attempted to give their babies as gifts to families living in Mobile. Dodd, who conducted an investigation for the sheriff’s department, said all persons involved were members of the Unification Church.

Dodd said the sheriff’s department was notified about the situation in September by the Alabama Department of Human Resources. At that time, Dodd said a Canadian couple gave birth to a boy in a local hospital and told authorities they wished to give the baby as a gift to the vice-president of Master Marine, a Mobile-based business owned by the Unification Church. Dodd declined to give the prospective adoptive parents’ names, but said both were about 60 years old.

During the course of the investigation, Dodd said she discovered the couple already had a baby that had been given to them by an Austrian couple.

In addition, Dodd said she learned that the president of Master Marine and his wife—who live in the same residence as the vice-president’s family—had also been given a baby from a French couple.

In interviews, the Canadian couple told Dodd they “solely conceived the child in order to give it as a gift to the people here in Mobile.” Dodd said the Austrian couple also “specifically conceived ...

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