& # 39; It's like a slave exchange & # 39 ;: horror as adoption agency gets WORVEN as young as four to walk the runway in a shopping mall in Brazil
- Children between the ages of four and 17 paraded on a catwalk as part of an adoption event in a shopping mall Tuesday in the western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso
- The position was held by the Mato Grosso Association of Research and Adoption Support Agency in a shopping center in Cuiabá
- The agency said it wanted to promote & # 39; social coexistence and show the diversity of family constructions through adoption & # 39 ;.
- The first edition took place in 2016, which led to the adoption of two teenagers aged 14 and 15 years
- It is not known whether minors were hired during Tuesday's event
- There are 8,700 children and adolescents in Brazil who are waiting for adoption
Angry residents of western Brazil compare an adoption event in a local mall with slaves sold at a market.
Shocking images have come from the western state of Mato Grosso, showing that orphans between the ages of four and 17 are forced to run on the runway while future families cheer and cheer.
The Mato Grosso Association of Research and Adoption Support defended its decision to organize the event.
& # 39; It was never the goal of the event – an integral part of a series of others that are part of the & # 39; Adoption week & # 39; – to introduce children and adolescents to families in order to achieve adoption. The idea of the initiative aims to promote social coexistence and to show the diversity of family constructions through adoption with the participation of adoptive families. & # 39;
Mato Grosso Association of Research and Adoption Support held an event in a local shopping mall in western Brazil, where children between the ages of four and seventeen who were for adoption were presented on a catwalk
An agency that promotes adoption in the western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso is criticized after children of 4 years and older walked on a runway set up in a shopping mall
The Pantanal Mall in the western Brazilian city of Cuiabá was the host site of Tuesday's adoption
It was the second time that the event & # 39; Adoption on the Catwalk & # 39; took place in the city of Cuiabá.
The first edition took place in 2016, which led to the adoption of two teenagers aged 14 and 15 years.
The agency did not disclose whether one of the minors who participated in the event in Pantanal Shopping has been adopted.
Eduardo Mahon, a local lawyer, took his social media account with him to explode the agency's event.
The lawyer told the Brazilian newspaper Muvuca popular that the adoption process resembled & # 39; an old slave exchange & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The suitors see how beautiful, friendly and easy the children are on the catwalk, it looks like an old slave trade, where you have seen the teeth and body of the Africans negotiating the bid, & # 39; Mahon said.
A young girl parade on a catwalk during Tuesday's adoption day in a shopping mall in Brazil
Two young girls (pictured left and center) strolling through a stage set up to promote children and adolescents who are being adopted in the western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso
According to the National Register of Approval from the National Council for Justice, there are 8,700 children and adolescents in Brazil waiting to join new families.
As part of the one-week event, the Mato Grosso Association of Research and Adoption Support also organizes lectures, seminars and recreation for the children and adolescent orphans.
A second statement released Wednesday by the committee stressed the minors were never required to appear on the catwalk.
& # 39; No child or teenager was forced to attend the event and they all gave the organizers the joy of being able to participate at such a moment, & # 39; said the Mato Grosso Association of Research and Adoption Support.
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