Alienating a child from his biological family is exactly the same as erasing a part of the child. Teaching a child to unnecessarily hate his biology, preventing him from knowing his genetic family without cause, or lying to a child about his history, is to prevent a child from being his whole self.” Kate Dahlquist
For hundreds of years and all over the world, children have been stigmatized falsely as orphans, expedited and removed not only from their parents, immediate and extended family, but also their native communities, their culture, and country of birth. This was so shocking for me to learn that I find myself consistently astounded every time—which is often—a new investigational article seeps to the surface. Sadly, this news hardly makes a dent in western news. But the effect it has on families is lifelong and it’s devastating.
You might have heard of other types of trafficking, like for organ, sex and work slavery. These types of trafficking target teenagers or adults who can fulfill the demands. These three types of trafficking are illegal just about everywhere in the world and therefore when criminals are caught they can be tried for the crime and usually punished. But each year hundreds of thousands of infants, babies and young children are kidnapped all over the world and they are the ones who fill the demand for the profitable child market, known today as intercountry adoption. The worse thing about this type of child trafficking is that it has grown to be so glorified, glamorized and protected by those who profit from the practice, that little is done to protect uninformed folks from losing their money and mothers from losing their children. Processing other people’s children to fill desires has exploded to be a sanctioned practice. Informed adult adopted people compare it to a form of neocolonialism, imperialism, and even modern-day slavery. But it can be stopped because liked all of nature, humanity tends to correct itself.
How might adoption trafficking take place today? Anyone is at risk—even in the United States. Anyone who can afford to pay the fees are usually taken advantage of for their ability and willingness. It is easy to lure caring people in with photos of adorable or vulnerable children advertised as “homeless” “orphaned” “abandoned” “needy” or “starving.” A child trafficker might take advantage of a nation’s tragic events, such as an earthquake, war or poverty by first setting up shop. They have been known to gather naive parents from rural areas, dropping religious leaflets or preaching about the benefits of relinquishing children, then unbeknownst to the impressionable victims, collect and register the child as an orphan, sequester them into temporary holdings cells such as orphanages and then profit from displacing the child to other parts of the country—parts that are difficult for the parents to get to—in order to send the child overseas.
On behalf of former orphans and vulnerable children, we are calling for the public’s help. We, former orphans — now adult intercountry, domestic and transracial adopted people — need the assistance from empathetic governmental personnel to help us recover from the unethical practices hidden within the practices of various religious charities. We need help from both church and state. Special interest groups use the charitable practice of “child protection” and “the best interest of the child” to proselytize and colonize other people’s children while at the same time financially empowering and ultimately benefiting themselves.
“There should be one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (2008)
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