International Adoption and Child Trafficking

My childhood friend Erin is a writer for Meridian Magazine. She has an important message to share with anyone considering adoption, especially international adoption.

Child and sex trafficking are subjects we often ignore in the United States. They are dirty, gritty subjects that happen in dark movies, or in a world removed from our own. But in the past month I have had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia and witness it first hand. Child (and sex) trafficking is unfortunately very closely tied in with international adoptions. It is a subject that any parent considering adoption needs to understand more about. Not only to prevent themselves from accidentally or inadvertently engaging in themselves, but also to understand what a child or birth mother from an international adoption may have gone through.


Based on my research, and my experiences speaking with sex workers, and victims of child trafficking this past month, I have written an article for Meridian Magazine about anti-trafficking in Cambodia. I hope anyone who is considering adoption (whether international or domestic- because it happens in all places) will take the time to read this 2-part article!



  1. says

    This was really sad. It really makes me appreciate what I do have.. even though not much! I definitely need to always step outside and be thankful for what I do have. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be following her blog!!

  2. Brooke says

    Great article, this is so sad but it’s good to hear about the apple who are working to end exploitation. riverkids is an amazing NGO. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing these articles. What a sad reality. We have been talking about this in my Child Welfare class, and sadly it is something that I didn’t even know much about before. I don’t think I’m alone in that though, so I think it is really important to educate people on it. Nicely written.