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Human Trafficking and Orphanages – A Discussion No One Wants to Have

Let’s face it, no one wants to talk about human trafficking…..

Or maybe I should say that no one with a conscience wants to talk about human trafficking.   It’s ugly, it kills, it hurts, it breaks apart families, it treats…….  Well, you know what I mean, it’s bad, bad, bad.

So, then why do we have to talk about it?  If no one wants to talk about human trafficking, how about we just ignore it?

I don’t know about you, but I prefer to be able to sleep at night.

And when my time here on earth is done, I want to be able to hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

So this is a discussion we have to have.   And we need to continue having until it the problem is no longer a problem.

But if you ask me, the problem gets even worse when the problem of human trafficking involves helpless children.   That in no way minimizes any other sort of human trafficking, but the selling of babies, infants, and young children, well…..

Let’s take a look rather briefly at what two different organizations have said about the problem recently.   In one of the two articles we’ve been looking at a lot lately, the State Department essentially said the following:

  1. Trafficking in unregulated orphanages in Haiti and elsewhere is a problem.  (Remember how we talked about the fact that 85% of the orphanages in Haiti are unregulated?)
  2. We owe it to the children to protect them and make sure that doesn’t happen.
  3. The answer is greater regulation and more stringent (read costly and time-consuming) requirements to make sure it doesn’t happen at the orphanages.

Okay, look at statement #1 – yes, I think we all agree that it is a problem.   No issue there.

Statement #2 – yes we need to protect children.   No issue there.

Statement #3 – so we need to pass more laws so adoptions are more costly and more time consuming?   Wait a minute…..

  • If adoptions are more costly, fewer people will be able to adopt.
  • If requirements are more tightly administered, children will be living in orphanages longer.   We’ve talked previously about how life in an institution can cause trauma and other difficult scars that children can bear for their entire lives.   And now we’re saying, “CHILDREN ARE AT RISK OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN ORPHANAGES, SO LET’S PASS LAWS THAT KEEP THEM THERE LONGER?”

Seriously folks.   If we know that orphanages cause PTSD and Reactive Attachment Disorder and put kids at risk of being trafficked, then what in the world are we doing?

Making them stay there longer?

How about instead, let’s work on ways to get them in and out as quickly as possible……

  • In, verify the necessary documentation as quickly as possible and if they need a new family, find a suitable new family ASAP.
  • In, get them healthy again and send them back to their birth parents (if that’s what is best).
  • Keep them out of the orphanages in the first place.

Yeah, if they are “poverty orphans” then let’s work with the parents, help them with what they need and keep the family together.

That’s why The Apparent Project was started.

That’s why I’m here.

That’s why there are so many people who are a part of what we do.

Because we want to keep kids out of orphanages.

And keep them out of the reach of the mean, nasty, evil human traffickers.

Will you join us?

Tom Vanderwell



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