Monday, March 12, 2007

Chuck Norris on Child Trafficking

As a part of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Great Britain, Chuck Norris is dedicating the month of March in his on-line commentary to "addressing different aspects of the modern slave trade." Today, on Monday, March 12, 2007, he discusses "Child Trafficking Disguised as Adoption."

Chuck Norris says:
What many people don't know is that it is relatively easy for traffickers to abduct children, as they often allured from poverty, troubled families, or the lack of parental care. Even in cases where parents are present, traffickers often sway them by promising a better life, education, and future for their child(ren). Some parents are economically pressured to sell one child just to feed the rest of their family...

...Of all the ways children are trafficked, however, one of the most undetected remains through international adoption, which has been on the rise for years, from 6,472 in 1992 to 22,728 in 2005 in the US alone.

While parents around the globe are presented with opportunities to rescue orphans from impoverished backgrounds, many adoptions are inadvertently masking and perpetuating the dark world of child trafficking. Prospective parents must beware that just because visas are issued doesn't mean the child is not a victim of the adoptive market. Child trafficking is not just a sexual and labor trade--it's pro-adoption too!

Read all of Chuck Norris' commentary of March 12, 2007 here:
Child trafficking disguised as adoption

Thanks, Chuck, for speaking out. As more of us do so, it will become easier to combat child trafficking disguised as adoption.


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