Trafficking Girls through Indonesia's Orphanage Trade

Helen McLaren, Nismah Qonitah

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Following the Aceh tsunami in 2004, an enquiry uncovered that half a million children were living in more than 7,000 orphanages and Islamic boarding houses across Indonesia (Martin 2006). The vast majority were not orphans, but instead recruited by orphanage staff from environments characterised by adult adversity, i.e. abject poverty, single parenthood or imprisonment. This paper derives from
two larger studies, one on deinstitutionalisation and the other on pro-poor policies, on government strategies intended to curb the orphanage trade.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe 5th World Conference on Women's Studies: Activism, Solidarity and Diversity: Feminist Movements Toward Global Sisterhood - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 25 Apr 201927 Apr 2019


ConferenceThe 5th World Conference on Women's Studies
Abbreviated titleWCWS 2019


  • Indonesia
  • Bali
  • child labour
  • sex trafficking
  • orphanages


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