I think that most people are repulsed by the idea of the buying and selling of human beings. The term “human trafficking” is the legal term, and when you have a group in society that has been rendered vulnerable due to human rights abuses and lack of social/political power, and when there are no laws (or non-enforced laws) to protect them, others who lack any morals or ethics are in the position to be able to exploit them. We have seen this over and over again with past and current slavery operations, the sale of women and children into forced prostitution, the sale of boys into armies to become child soldiers, etc. Even
But what about when babies are taken from their original mothers and families and sold for adoption purposes? Adoption agencies, lawyers, and “facilitators” do this every day, with full government sanction, making a huge amount of profit off of each and every sale.
BUT one reason they can get away with this is that, in the realm of the international (and by default, domestic) baby trade, according to the U.s. State Department, international adoption is not “human trafficking” because the adoptee is not considered to be exploited.
“The United States Department of State, poised to play the key role under the treaty as the central authority overseeing intercountry adoption, has declared that buying children for adoption is not child trafficking, since children are not “exploited” by such practices.”
“However, illegally selling a child for adoption would not constitute trafficking where the child itself is not to be exploited. Baby selling generally results in a situation that is non-exploitative with respect to the child. Trafficking, on the other hand, implies exploitation of the victims.”
But what constitutes exploitation? If you are shoved into a home for the purposes of replacing a child who was not born, to fulfil the desire of an adult to raise a child, to meet the needs of another person when your own human rights are being violated (see Article 25 of the Univesal Declaration of Human Rights) making you vulnerable to being taken from your family and culture, that certainly sounds to me like you are being used.
And I do know adult adoptees who feel they were exploited, being adopted to be a “substitute child,” used in order to fulfil an adult’s “desire for a child,” etc. An acquaintance of mine, Dan, states:
” How is adoption NOT exploitive to the child adopted?!?!?!
” The child LOSES his/her mother (in many cases to benefit the nfamily from embarrassment or impediment to their life plan), is given (sold) to another set of parents (to benefit an infertile couple or one with a savior complex), and profited from by lawyers, agencies, the state…
” And what does the child get in return for providing all of this to all of them? Their heritage and truth is stolen and sealed from them for life. They get vetos filed stating that if you search for them you will be punished by the state (they make us criminals). They get treated like second class citizens for the actions of their nfamily, while the nfamily get’s “protected” from us for responding to THEIR OWN actions.”
(Dan is quoted with his permission).
I think there should be pressure put onto the State Department to include baby-selling as a form of human trafficking. Maybe they will listen to the voices of adoptees such Dan and start recognizing this as a form of exploitation of children.