Adoption and Child Trafficking
Child Trafficking and Adoption: Not the Same Thing:
There have been recent news reports concerning Rubiana Ali, the child-actress in the Oscar-winning movie, “Slumdog Millionaire”, and her father’s attempt to sell her to the highest bidder. It is important for adoptive families everywhere to speak-out against the use of the term “Adoption” in reference to this obvious case of child-trafficking. Too many major media outlets are reporting that Rubiana’s father was trying to “offer her for adoption for a price”. We must never allow the very wide line between child-trafficking and adoption to narrow. Offering a child FOR SALE, to make a profit and without regard for the child’s well-being, is child trafficking. Thoughtfully and legally placing a child into a loving home for the purpose of bettering that child’s life, is adoption. There is a growing wave of anti-adoption sentiment sweeping the world today. As parents and advocates, let us stand ready to correct this misconception whenever it may occur.
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