Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Human Trafficking in International Adoption

"Adoption is already steeped in the legacy of loss for the child and his family. Add to this the recent revelations of the selling of babies for adoption in countries like Vietnam and India, and one needs only to reconsider who exactly is benefiting from adoption.," says Kevin Minh Allen in his recent Conducive article, The Price We All Pay: Human Trafficking in International Adoption which explores move to change the definition of the word "orphan" to increase intercountry adoption.

The underlying assumption is that the exportation of a child, regardless of context or circumstances, to a more affluent environment is a 'humanitarian act'. "

The kidnapping and abduction, coercion and intimidation, and buying and selling of children for adoption are an abomination not just to American values, but also to anyone who takes human rights seriously. Regardless of best intentions and relative (relative being the optimal word here) affluence that many adopted children have experienced, the exposure and punishment of people who engage in fraud and profiteering under the pretense of adoption should be vigorously pursued."

Jane Jeong Trenka’s essay mentioned the crux of the problem here: In spite of adoption agencies’ contention that they wish they could heal the broken ties between mother and child, there is way too much money to be made off of those broken ties, and adoption agencies have no intention of getting out of the business of finding children for expectant parents."

"The nasty little secret about adoption is that most of the time it is steeped in unnecessary loss for the child and its family."

international adoption ... has become a lucrative market for unscrupulous people to exploit a vulnerable population in order to export children overseas to ostensibly satisfy a relatively well-off client class. This demand for healthy infants feeds the cycle of corruption that attempts to cater to its desire for children to build its family. An untold number of children have been either displaced or separated from their birth families, either through coercion, financial motivation or abduction and are now living in adoptive families who remain blissfully unaware or, worse, do not even care."

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