This photo taken on October 19, 2018 shows an unmarried woman seeking refuge at the Myint Mo Myittar Single Mothers' Foundation in Yangon preparing her baby before handing the baby over to a government orphanage. (AFP/Phyo Hein KYAW)
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After Australian lawyer Kate van Doore set up an orphanage in Nepal and took over another in Uganda she was astounded to find that the children she thought she was helping were not orphans at all.About 80 percent of an estimated 8 million children in orphanages or other institutions are not orphans, according to Lumos, a charity founded by "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, which aims to have no children living in institutions by 2050 .Van Doore is now calling for an end to orphanages which she says cause irreparable harm to children and fuel trafficking, pushing the Australian and British governments to lead on this.Many orphanages are set up in tourist spots.Forget Me Not and Lumos want to redirect funding from orphanages into family and community-based care for children.Australia, which is due to introduce a Modern Slavery Act this month, is the first country to recognize orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery and will put pressure on travel companies to end orphanage tourism.
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