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!