According to AllAfrica, the Ethiopian World Federation (EWF) is accusing Madonna of child sexual exploitation and human trafficking. “A civic service group that promotes policy and advocates to reform the laws that harm all Black People,” the EWF describes itself on its website.
Madonna famously adopted four children from Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa. Madonna started Raising Malawi, a non-profit organization that supports orphans and vulnerable children through health and education programs, in 2006.
The EWF is asking Malawian President Lazarus Chakwara to investigate Madonna’s charity and “restrict her and her associates accessibility to Africa and to African children as a precautionary measure until a thorough investigation is done into child trafficking, sex exploitation, sexual slavery, adoption reversal, threat of coercion, fraud, deception and abuse of power or vulnerability.”
The petition identified sexual content, softcore porn, and sadomasochism in Madonna’s 1992 book Sex. Malawi penalizes pornographic content and LGBTQ behavior. “Gay porn stars were photographed in pornographic pictures with Madonna performing vulgar sex acts with the same sex which should have been disclosed during her adoption case in 2006 in Lilongwe, Malawi,” the EWF’s appeal states.
It’s ongoing “Madonna had to sign a contract that forbade the book from including images of child pornography, brutality, or religious imagery. Shortly after signing that agreement, Madonna founded a company called Maverick, in partnership with Time Warner. She now holds total artistic control over any work released by Maverick, who is now the book’s publisher. The agreement she signed with Time Warner with the sexually explicit content in the book Sex was null and void.”
“The psychology” behind Madonna’s ability to “release child pornography, religious imagery, bestiality and vulgar pornography has prompted her to open an orphanage in Malawi named ‘Raising Malawi’ in 2006 to host social experiments on vulnerable African children in Malawi,” according to the petition.
The group claims the singer is using David Banda, her Malawian adopted son, “for sexual exploitation and social experimentation.” The petition references images of David wearing women’s attire, cosmetics, and jewelry. Madonna was accused by the EWF of lying about David’s father’s absence when she registered for his adoption.
After David, Madonna was granted permission to adopt Mercy James from Malawi in 2009. Estere and Stella, twins, were adopted in 2017. The letter adds, “We truly think that Malawi has been robbed of its most precious resource — its children.” It continues, “In 2013, the country accused Madonna of ‘bullying’ state officials and making diva demands – and of claiming her Raising Malawi charity as the basis for doing so.”
Madonna’s Child Trafficking Charges Are Not New.
When the Malawi court denied her request to adopt a second kid in 2009, Madonna was accused of child trafficking. Judge Esimie Chombo warned that celebrity adoptions could lead to child trafficking in her judgement. “Anyone might come to Malawi and swiftly arrange for an adoption that might have catastrophic implications on the very children that the law tries to protect,” she added. After Madonna appealed in 2009, the court found in her favor.
Madonna’s Adoptions: The Dark Side
Lucy, Mercy’s grandma, described her painful adoption experience. Lucy placed Mercy in a local orphanage until her immune system strengthened, but she never wanted to permanently separate with her grandchild. Mercy’s family stated they would let Madonna adopt her until she was grade-school age and that she would visit Malawi every two years.
Mercy's family claims that they let Madonna adopt her up until grade-school age, and then she would be returned, also that they would return back to Malawi to visit every two years. pic.twitter.com/J21cFn3Pmy— NΛTLY DΞNISΞ (@itsnatlydenise) January 17, 2023
The “Material Girl” singer returned to Malawi, but she never took Mercy to her grandma, even though Lucy was apparently dying and pleading to see her. Madonna’s lawyers stated in 2011 that Mercy’s relatives “had no legal right to see her.”
Mercy’s biological uncle, Peter Baneti, signed the adoption papers after being informed Mercy would be brought home frequently. “The adoption papers were signed by me,” Peter stated. She told me she would routinely bring Mercy home since she didn’t want her to sever links with her roots.
Mercy’s family seemed to agree with David’s father: “The only reason I let Madonna adopt David was because she told me she would give him an excellent education and then he could come home to live with me.”
Adam Mwale, the twins’ father, alleges he was mislead and informed from the start that his girls would be returned to him. “I was informed from the beginning that Esther [Estere] and Stella were going to a rich woman’s home abroad, that she would give them a wonderful education, then return them to me, to live with me and support all of my family.”
He added, “Now you’re saying it’s permanent. That’s not true—I don’t want it to be. I’m their dad forever.”
Madonna’s treatment of Malawians appears to be consistent. The singer declared in 2012 that she would build schools in Malawi to educate at least 1,000 children a year. Lindiwe Chide, Malawi’s Ministry of Education spokeswoman, claimed that Madonna routinely defied officials and that she was “bored” with her. “Now she has decided to tell us that she wants to open 10 schools without asking us again,” Lindiwe said.