Australia moves to curb 'orphanage tourism'

Australia moves to curb 'orphanage tourism'

Estimates say around 80 percent of the eight million children in orphanages worldwide already have Estimates say around 80 percent of the eight million children in orphanages worldwide already have families who could care for them AFP/DIBYANGSHU SARKAR

SYDNEY: Australia has criminalised the act of falsely inducing children into orphanages as a kind of slavery, in what’s thought to be the initial move of its kind in the global world.

Amid warnings that children in poor countries are increasingly being shipped in to the institutions to meet up the lucrative demand for western volunteerism, a fresh law has been introduced to tackle the presssing issue.

The Modern Slavery Bill was passed by both houses of parliament on Thursday (Nov 29) and includes an explicit mention of “trafficking and/or exploitation of children in orphanages”.

Under the brand new law, so-called “orphanage trafficking” will undoubtedly be treated as a slavery and trafficking offence.

“Australia may be the first country on the planet to discover orphanage trafficking as a kind of modern slavery, said Paul Ronalds of Save the small children Australia, a non-governmental lobby group.

It is estimated that around 80 % of the eight million children in orphanages worldwide have parents or family who could look after them.

Sometimes children away are sent, making use of their parents believing they’ll get yourself a good education.

According to save lots of the small children, a lot more than 50 % of Australian universities advertised orphanage placements as a volunteering opportunity overseas.

Activists hope the legal change may cause Australians to more vet where they volunteer overseas carefully.