Baby-Trafficking…Say What?

Yesterday, BBC reported that a baby-trafficking ring, accused of selling more than 300 babies in three years was recently apprehended in Cairo. Composed of a doctor and couple of nurses, this ring preformed Caesarian surgeries on women who did not want to keep their babies, but were too far along to receive an abortion (which are illegal in Egypt unless the Mother’s health is at risk). They then sold the babies for profit to Egyptian couples who were unable to have children on their own. This article is a great supplement to the fascinating commentary surrounding the fact that certain social media activists are unhappy with that sexual exploitation of females is the only crime that most people connote with the term “human trafficking.” They note that the term “human” was meant to draw attention to the fact that both males and females are prone to being trafficked and that trafficking takes a form in a number of different ways–not just in the form of sexual exploitation. Just something to be aware of.

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3 thoughts on “Baby-Trafficking…Say What?

  1. Wait, isn’t that just “adoption” except that a private sector is getting money for it instead of the government? I mean, I believe there needs to regulations on C-sections and adoptions so this certainly isn’t the best way for these things to happen. But isn’t it to the benefit of the baby that they are being put in good homes rather than being aborted like they would be here in the states – unless I’m just missing something. Thoughts?

    • Hi! Thanks for your response; you bring up a very interesting point. This is actually a huge and very touchy subject in the social justice realm. I’ll try to provide a basic overview, so I apologize if my answer seems conclusory or incomplete. Some members of the anti-human trafficking movement consider any sale of persons to another for profit as a form of human trafficking. Under this definition, adoption–regardless of whether it is legal or illegal–IS a form of human trafficking. The rationale is that human life is valueless. Allowing the sale of persons to be legal in certain situations regardless of the benefits destroys this ideal, which means that the sale of persons should be banned in any and all situations. That’s my very brief answer in response to why some members of the human trafficking world would define the actions of the Cairo doctor and the nurses (even though it occurred in the private sector, albiet illegally) as a form of human trafficking. I hope this answers your question. 🙂

  2. Ah, ha! Now that is interesting. That does, in fact, make quite a lot of sense. I always thought of the price you pay for adoption not as “buying the child” or “putting a price on the child” but a) paying the person who was caring for them (usually some government institute) for their previous care, b) demonstrating that you were serious about adopting and caring for this child (so that people would not take adoption lightly) and c) showing that they have the financial means to care for the child. However, I’m not really sure how other people see it (or really, how it actually is) and I could certainly understand the issue with adoption all together. They would be very right to say that you cannot put a value on a human being. As image bearers we all have ultimate value before the Creator.

    Granted, even if you were to say that adoption was okay, it really should never be done illegally – however, I think it still makes me happy if the babies have good home no matter what circumstances brought them there. That doesn’t, however, make it a good practice. Thank you for your response! Something to think on. 🙂

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