Child Trafficking Hubs: Orphanages

Instead of being havens of safety, many orphanages worldwide are too often centers for exploitation and abuse, warns a report published this week by international children’s charity Lumos. 

One lawyer said the findings revealed “a harmful ecosystem in which children, most of whom have at least one living parent, act as commodities in an industry of profit-making orphanages.”

  • An estimated 5.4 million children worldwide live in institutions where they are forced into sex work, hard labor, and performing for foreign donors to secure more funding. 
  • Trafficking is more prevalent in tourist hotspots. In countries like Cambodia and Uganda, the number of children in orphanages has increased despite a sharp decline in the number of orphans in both countries. 


The Guardian

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