How naive Australian volunteers take care of the trade in & # 39; fake orphans & # 39; – who are torn from their families and put in orphanages so that there are enough children to
- Orphanages abduct and trade children to meet the requirements of volunteers
- Travelers flock abroad, not knowing that they are not dealing with real orphans
- The orphanages in Southeast Asia have increased since the trend of & # 39; volunteering & # 39;
Children in developing countries are kidnapped from poor families and placed in orphanages to meet the demand of Australian volunteers.
Naive backpackers flock to Southeast Asia and Africa, not knowing that the children they are dealing with are not real orphans.
Orphanages in Bali, Thailand and Cambodia have risen to 6,000 percent since the trend of & # 39; volunteering & # 39 ;, said Save the Children Australia.
Orphanages in developing countries abduct and trade children from their poor families to meet the requirements of Australian volunteers (stock image)
Research from ReThink Orphanages found that eight million children worldwide lived in orphanages, but up to 80 percent were not real orphans.
Most have at least one living parent from whom they were forcibly removed.
Children are bought or leased from their parents to feed the industry and receive the promise of a better life and better education.
Save the Children child protection expert Karen Flanagan said that & # 39; volunteers & # 39; decide to do volunteer work in popular holiday destinations for what & # 39; good & # 39; to do.
& # 39; Orphanages seem to be one of the things that attract people & # 39 ;, Flanagan said ABC.
When backpacker Maddi Kent from Perth decided to volunteer in orphanages and schools in Africa at the age of 19, she said her experience was not as she had expected.
& # 39; I was thrown stones at me that I was spit on & # 39 ;, said the now 25-year-old.
& # 39; Working with vulnerable children, working with children who have been raped, tortured, you do not hear every day. & # 39;
Naive backpackers flock to Southeast Asia and Africa without knowing that the children they are dealing with are not real orphans (stock image)
Children are bought or leased from their parents to feed the industry and receive the promise of a better life and education (stock image)
Mrs. Kent had saved thousands of dollars since her young teenager to volunteer in Third World countries.
A large survey on the volunteer market showed that travelers pay no less than $ 2,000 a week or $ 2.6 million in volunteers annually.
Most & # 39; volunteers & # 39; are untrained in dealing with vulnerable children in developing countries, said co-founder of ReThink Orphanaes Leigh Mathews.
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