Adoption Agencies a Gateway for Child Exploitation

by Vins
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In Terry Gilliam’s classic dystopian satire Brazil, agents from the Ministry of Information offer Mrs. Buttle a receipt for her husband as they kidnapped him. Then, to ensure there was no question later, handed the befuddled woman a piece of paper. “And this is my receipt for your receipt.” The world has not yet arrived at such professionalism.

According to Geoffrey Rogers, the CEO of the Institution Against Sex Trafficking, sixty to seventy percent of children in our foster care systems are being sex trafficked. In nations such as Uganda and India, children are kidnapped or stolen and put up for adoption.

After children are kidnapped, they may find themselves placed in “adoption agencies” used to exploit them for sex, child labor, organs, marriage and much more.

“Despite regulations on international adoptions, and with some countries even banning all foreign adoptions, the problem has continued,” writes Joshua Phillip in the Epoch Times.

Although laws have been introduced in the US to prevent exploitation of children by adoption agencies, the United States is still one of the top destinations for trafficking. According to UNICEF USA, “[t]rafficking is not just an issue that happens to people in other countries. The United States is a source and transit country and is also considered one of the top destination points for victims of child trafficking and exploitation.”

Sometimes, children who have been adopted are no longer wanted and the parent decides to pass the child to new parents. This is called “rehoming,” and these children will likely face sexual aggression because they’re likely to end up with a parent who is a pedophile.

These rehomers don’t bother with official “receipts,” legal regulation or paperwork; the transactions are usually done with the power of attorney.

According to a 2015 report, those children who are rehomed are more likely adopted from abroad, since the rate for adoption overseas is about 73 percent, and only 7% are not from overseas.  Unfortunately, the establishment press have done little to bring the problem of adoption agency corruption and child exploitation to light.

Source: Joshua Phillipp, “Child Trafficking through International Adoption Continues Despite Regulations,” The Epoch Times, March 15, 2018,
https://www.theepochtimes.com/child-trafficking-through-international-adoption-continues-despite-regulations_2464370.html.

Student Researcher:  Erika Banuelos (Indian River State College)

Faculty Evaluator:  Elliot D. Cohen (Indian River State College)