William Duncan, Hague Adoption Convention (2010): ‘ Yes, it’s trafficking. A crime. You are not allowed to sell children.’
‘Not a dollar, not a cent’
T H E C H I L D R E N M A R K E T
Against Child Trafficking is an international child rights organisation, registered at the Netherlands (Chamber of Commerce: 09183849).
ACT promotes the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) that first and foremost gives children the right to be cared for by their parents. It is the responsibility of the State to support families and communities in the upbringing of their children. Intercountry adoption may only be considered if there is no way at all to bring up a child in-country and that includes foster care and residential care. All efforts should be made to keep families together.
ACT’s primary focus is the fight against the trade in children, child trafficking, conform article 79(d) of the Treaty of the European Union that obliges EU Member States to combat trafficking in persons, in particular women and children.
The last fifty years an adoption industry has been developing that serves the demand for children in the Western world. An industry in which huge sums of money are involved. Children are sold for money (disguised as adoption fees) mainly through licensed and accredited adoption agencies and regulated by adoption laws.
ACT considers this a demand-driven market in children,
which should be labeled as child trafficking and stopped.
Children have Rights
Children should not be commodities