Child trafficking or International Adoption?

After a discussion about the Hague Convention on the rights on children as it pertains to International Adoption at the IKAA Research Symposium, one of the audience members asked the panel why there is often a comparison made between child trafficking and international adoption.

The answer from the panel was that both involve the exchange of a child from one country to the other for money. The difference is that with international adoption, one assumes the child is not going to be abused; but in the case of child trafficking, one knows the child will be abused.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

5 thoughts

  1. This is a pretty sensational comment. But, I do get why this is an important question, and I do think there are valid reasons to discuss child trafficking and international adoption together. I also think it’s reasonable to consider other kinds of forced immigration, like slavery (it crossed my mind when I went from the southern US to Africa to bring home my first son, who really had no choice in the matter.)
    However, I’m really wondering if this panel didn’t also mention other reasons that international adoption is different. For example, with regards to the money issue: the trafficker wants the child to continue producing money for him or her, whereas the adopter is not expecting the child to produce income. Just the opposite, in fact; the child will consume the parent’s income, directly or indirectly.
    I don’t think I’m being too defensive about this, and I’m interested to hear others’ thoughts.

  2. Egypt, I think you’re getting child trafficking and child slavery confused. Child trafficking is the buying and selling of children unlike child/human slavery where as the child is expected to produce. Child trafficking doesn’t necessarily involve child slavery but child slavery usually involves child trafficking.

  3. $$ OR maybe some adoptions are closer to the two than the reader may think..some poor children are trafficked ( do hope I spelled that right ) FOR an adoption plan? $$

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