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Published On: Fri, Apr 19th, 2019

Cambodia’s Fake Orphanages Deemed ‘Modern Day Slavery’

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At 6:30 in the morning, most children are fast asleep. But not the boys and girls of Little Angels Orphanage in Cambodia. Instead of being in their beds, the children are crammed at work stations, creating trinkets they can sell to passing tourists.

However, in a chilling report by Der Spiegel, most of the orphans stuck in manual labor are not orphans at all. Instead, parents send their children to these homes in the hopes that they can make money from tourists who want to support orphans, either buy purchasing souvenirs or by engaging in what experts call “voluntourism.”

The situation has become so dire that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) does not even refer to these places as orphanages anymore, but rather uses the term “residential care institutions.” According to the organization, only one in five “orphans” has actually lost his or her parents.

Throughout Cambodia, nearly 16,000 children are in these homes.

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Cambodia’s Fake Orphanages Deemed ‘Modern Day Slavery’