Paper Orphans : Adoption or Sale?

November 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

Terre des Hommes and UNICEF came out with the documentary, ‘Paper Orphans’ in  2010. Obviously I’m a bit delayed, but I offer it now because the problems with intercountry adoption (unsurprisingly) still exist.

Before you go talking to friends about ‘child trafficking’ in adoption, however, consider the fact that ‘child trafficking’ requires end-point exploitation (according to the UN Palermo Protocol). Judge for yourself, but at least consider using the term ‘illicit adoption’ instead of ‘child trafficking.’ After all, the name by which we call a crime can have significant impact on the type and quantity of attention it receives, the policies and laws created to combat it, and the effectiveness of interventions designed to serve and protect victims of it.

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