Hope as Countries Tackle Orphanage (Global News, March,29,2019)

There are signs of hope that countries are waking up to the problem of orphanage trafficking. It’s a perplexing problem in which children — the majority of whom are not orphans — are recruited and placed in orphanage for the sole purpose of making money.Incredibly, according to Lumos, some 80% of children in orphanages are not actually orphans; they have a living parent. Yet the idea of vulnerable ‘orphans’ in developing countries attracts big money from donors and unwitting volunteers who mistakenly believe they are doing the right thing. Some of these ‘orphans’ are then sexually abused, forced to work, made to beg, or sold into illegal adoptions.