The 60 Minutes Lebanon abduction drama just got more dramatic – with the child abduction agency involved in the story accused of having appropriated random photos of children.
The child recovery group featured on the controversial 60 Minutes ending in several arrests earlier this month allegedly used random images pictures of two children on its Facebook page, claiming it had saved the children on rescue missions, Daily Mail Australia reports.
One of those images was actually an old stock photo, and another was a random tourist snap taken in 2012, Daily Mail Australia reports.
Image: Facebook, via Daily Mail
In one of those instances, the group - Child Abduction Recovery International (CARI) - reportedly posted picture of a small girl named "Alake" to Facebook and claimed it had just rescued her.
"This little bundle of joy couldn’t stop smiling after seeing her mother," CARI's Facebook post read. "She was taken in extreme circumstances over 7 months ago from her mothers (sic) arms and was not heard of again."
But Daily Mail has found that the photograph of so-called "Alake" is a Getty Images stock photo, which can be easily found by searching the term "picture of little black child girl" in Google.
The same stock image was even used on the front cover of a book published in 2010, Natural, Beautiful and Curly: Hairstyles & Hair Care for Black and Bi-Racial Children by Claudia Campos.
CARI's 2014 Facebook post of "Alake" has now been deleted.
Screenshot: Getty Images
The agency is also claimed to have rescued a particular child in Thailand, when in fact the boy pictured was allegedly a random child in a tourist photo from Laos.
"CARI operatives worked in a joint operation with Thailand police and immigration to successfully locate and recover a young baby taken by the father from Singapore (picture attached with approval of mother)," a post on CARI's Facebook page from July 2014 read.