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From Asia to Africa and beyond, journalist Nelufar Hedayat goes under the radar tracking down black markets in Fusion’s newest series, The Traffickers, to learn how guns, babies, even human organs are bought, moved, and sold to the highest bidder.
In this exclusive look at the first episode, Nelufar begins her journey in America, which adopts more children from overseas than all other countries in the world put together. But ominous forces lurk beneath many of these joyful unions.
It’s meant to help the world’s most vulnerable children, but sometimes the business of international adoption can turn children into commodities. In this episode of The Traffickers, Nelufar Hedayat investigates the intersection of adoption and the illegal market.
Often adoption starts out with good intentions, but the desire to adopt internationally can lead to the exploitation of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. In this episode of The Traffickers, Nelufar Hedayat learns that money meant to care for children who are being adopted doesn’t always end up in the right hands.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nelufar visits a school and center for abandoned children. Here she meets the woman in charge, who tells Nel how she convinces parents to relinquish rights to their kids.
Vulnerable families in developing countries are being torn apart by an international traveling “circus” of adoption agencies catering to families in the West. The latest target is the Democratic Republic of Congo.