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Stolen Smiles – Children for rent

June 16, 2011

Children for rent

 Dear world,My name is Mohammad and this is me taking a stand against child labor!This is the third of 4 posts; as promised, I will edit the last post based on your comments on the first 3 posts!


It is not a story I have seen; but it’s a phenomenon that has circulated in newspapers and websites . . . a phenomenon that is well-known to most of us . . . “children for rent”, an ugly form of human trafficking.

In Jordan, some families offer their children for rent! The “street price” is around 20 JDs per day per child (according to this article) and – of course – a “handicapped” kid is worth more on the market; you know: since you’re more likely to donate money to the “mother” of a “handicapped” child.

Whom to blame? There is a fine balance here: on one hand we have a society that does nothing about families so poor that they have to offer their children for hire, on the other, we have parents that are so heartless that they could hand their children to strangers for money . . . I can tell you one thing for sure: the children are on the negative side of the balance here!

I really, REALLY hope that the only “work” these poor little creatures do is sell gum at intersections or beg for money . . .

Need I say more?

 Dear world,Please answer me: If you know this, would you continue to give money to children beggars? If you do, are you “relieving” some human suffering or are you supporting an ugly form of human trafficking?How poor do families have to get to do this to their children? How unfair is a society that allows its members to be this poor?

Could there be some “syndicates” out there? With bosses, middlemen and everything? A market with revenue?

Thank you!


Edit (18th of July, 2011) : Parts of this mini series:

Part 1:
Part 2:

The drawing is with colored pencils, charcoal and acrylic on A4 paper find it on:


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Haitham Al-Sheeshany permalink
    June 18, 2011 2:01 pm

    Now what possibly could one say about this! 😦 😥

    • June 18, 2011 7:07 pm

      Me neither . . . I think that’s why no one responded to this; to avoid staring at the sun!

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