Friday, September 07, 2007


This is sad. Wrongly interpreted it puts a bad spin on international adoption. Correctly interpreted it puts a bad spin on the 1 to 2-child policy. People are desperate in China to have children and are banned by the government who wishes to control aspects of the individual lives. Orphanages who have benefited by the IA, are not as willing to help local couples adopt due to more money on the IA front, and some rural folks take to buying babies without even trying the orphanages first to adopt, increasing the human trafficking aspect.

This practice is as old as China itself in the selling baby girls for future brides to families with no other help. The devaluing of human life reducing it to a commodity reinforces the old belief systems that puts a premium on sons. Also, families wanting sons to help in old age affects the trade too. Yes sons are still prized. Things are changing slowly, but sometimes it seems the more things change the more they stay the same.

1 comment: said...

This sickens me more than you know! Of course the babies that were bought can not be returned to their parent's for fear of punishment. So they too will end up in the "system". It is a vicious cycle. I don't see light at the end of the tunnel anytime soon. Especially being that boys will always be valued more in their culture due to it being a cultural belief that boys take care of their parent's in their old age. Sad..