Is it so bad you have to rent your kids?

Begging 

If you travel the world much, you know the problem in third world countries concerning children and begging.  You don't have to go very far, or stop at a stoplight, or simply walk through a major metro area; and you can be mauled with kids extending their hands for a little extra change.

This morning I saw a story in Honduras where the local officials are taking the kids off the streets and fining the parents because the parents are actually renting out their kids so they can get more money.  Can you imagine?  Renting your children out because there is no other way for you to eat today?

The Honduran officials are clear, they want to make sure children are raised by their families and relatives, but think this action is reprehensible.  The parents are subject to 6 years in prison and up to $500 in fines.  But the question remains.

Here we are in 2008, and there are still places in the world where children are sent out to beg for the family's well being.  I can see it if we lived in the 1500's, but 2008?  What does it say about the nature of the world that children are being trafficked for adults? 

God, help us to be cognoscente of these kinds of things.  Help us to know how to start active businesses, and responsible governments that can take care of the lives you've orchestrated on the planet for our time.  Help us be courageous to take on the social ills of the world. 

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