At 12:57 AM 4/29/2008 -0400, Ellen wrote:
>Incidents like slave children happened in the United States when homeless
>children from large eastern cities were put on trains and shipped to the
>midwest to work in the fields. I'm not sure of the era.
> Mistreating children is a criminal act.
Though this topic-creep, concerning the "orphan trains" see
There were abuses, but also "In spite of the trains' stated intention, they
did not permanently separate most children, geographically or culturally,
from their parents and communities of origin. Well into the twentieth
century, impoverished but resourceful parents took advantage of the
services of middle-class child-savers for their own purposes, including
temporary caretaking during periods of economic crisis and apprenticeships
that helped children enter the labor market. "
There were no oceans crossed.