T H E C H I L D R E N M A R K E T
CHILDREN AS COMMODITIES
Against Child Trafficking is an international child rights organisation, registered in the Netherlands (Chamber of Commerce: 09183849).
ACT’s primary focus is the fight against the commodification of children, especially opposing:
- the market in children for intercountry adoption
- the market of transnational commercial surrogacy
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.
The last fifty years an adoption industry had developed that served 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.
The good news is that the intercountry adoption market has been reduced with some 75% over the last 10 years. ACT is proud to have played a significant role in this by exposing the deceit, injustice and right out trafficking.
The bad news is that now the market on transnational commercial surrogacy is on the rise. Not only are the rights of children being broken, also women are exploited at several levels (as egg donors, as surrogates).
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