Trafficking for Intercountry Adoption

The Orphanage by Annie Bertram

The Orphanage by Annie Bertram

In 2001, I worked on a European Union project “Public Awareness Campaign to Prevent the Abandonment of Children in Romania”. It was in essence an anti-child trafficking project. Orphanages, where abandoned children ended up, were the equivalent of clearing houses in a supply chain of goods, the goods in this case being orphaned and abandoned children sold overseas.

Over 80% of children in orphanages around the world have a living parent and most are there because their parents cannot afford to feed, clothe and educate them. Children who are intercountry adopted from poor to rich countries are not simply the benefactors of philanthropy and open hearts, but are also the victims of injustice and inequality which underpins a world in which some parents are forced to give up their children through poverty.

You can read more about my work on combatting trafficking for intercountry adoption, and the alternative care of children below.



Liberty & Humanity

Read more about human trafficking for exploitation.