Australia Become 1st Country To Recognise ‘Orphanage Trafficking’ As Slavery
Australia has become the first country in the world to recognise orphanage trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery.
The legislation forms part of a wider drive to stop Australians taking part in “voluntourism” schemes which harm rather than help the children.
It is estimated 80% of children living in the world’s orphanages have at least one living parent.
In many cases, they have been lured to the orphanages to attract volunteers.
It is estimated that around 80 percent of the eight million children in orphanages worldwide have parents or family who could take care of them.
Sometimes children are sent away, with their parents believing they will get a good education.
According to Save the Children, more than 50 percent of Australian universities advertised orphanage placements as a volunteering opportunity overseas.
Activists hope the legal change will cause Australians to more carefully vet where they volunteer overseas.