Even though social norms and law regulations are fundamental, the line between what’s legal or not around the world is blurry.
Some societies, for instance, treat traffic violations like planned crime. The US – the bastion of liberty – is notorious for its incarceration practices, including forcing women to give birth in chains. Other so-called developed places like the UK and Norway impose inadequate social services and snatch kids from their parents… only for not being able to calm a colicky baby. Poor, foreign or with learning difficulties; labeling parents "bad" and "unfit" has never been so easy.
At the same time, there are places where safety and human rights do not mean a thing. From selling brides to forcing kids to work, here are 14 things parents from around the world do that are illegal AF.
14 Hazy Road Safety In Vietnam
With more than 1.35 million fatal accidents across the world, traffic safety is crucial. While each US state has different car seat laws, some countries do not impose any traffic policies. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, 93% of all major accidents happen in low-income countries. Whole families riding one scooter? More than common across Southeast Asia and North Africa!
13 Inhumane Deprivation In Afghanistan
The right to education is a basic human right. While many kids in Europe and North America complain that school is boring, some children across the globe crave for education. Unfortunately, access to education is not so easy; in Afghanistan, for instance, many girls are not allowed to go to school to receive equal opportunities in life.
12 Gypsy Brides For Sale
Shopping can be fun and therapeutic. After all, there are so many things to choose from - including gypsy brides! Gypsy wedding markets are common in Eastern Europe, particularly in Bulgaria where the Roma community forms the largest Roma minority. Young girls are simply sold by their parents to anyone who can pay. According to psychologytoday.com, men’s shopping habits represent their hunting nature… So bridal markets are simply "wonderful."
11 Child Labor In India Is Daunting
Child labor is one of the most obnoxious forms of human exploitation and modern slavery. According to compassion.com, more than 152 million children across the globe are forced to work and even provide for their families. In India, in particular, child labor is daunting; data shows there are more than 10 million children under the age of 14 working in inhumane conditions.
10 Celebrating Bride Abductions In Kazakhstan
It’s not a secret that many little girls want to get married. However, some parents prefer to celebrate their daughter’s abduction instead. Forced child marriage is one of the most hideous forms of abuse, with bride abductions being the cherry on the cake. In Kazakhstan, for instance, bride abductions are way too common.
9 Baby Jumping In Spain
Would you let your newborn sleep in the streets of an old village and allow strangers dressed in devil costumes to jump over them? If the answer is No, then the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia is definitely not for you. Parents believe that once the "devils" jump over their little sinner, they’re absolved of man’s original sin. What’s wrong with good old baptisms?
8 Tolerating Punishment In Nigeria
In many countries throughout the globe, the practice of smacking children is banned. However, there are societies where severe punishments and brutal modes of correction are still legal. According to allaafrica.com, parents in Nigeria are allowed to punish their kids… and even teachers are encouraged to teach their students a lesson.
7 No Access To Health Services In Malawi
Access to health services is a basic human right. Unfortunately, many parents and kids around the world have access only to limited resources and care. While the anti-vaxxer movement in Europe and the US is gaining more and more followers, some people will do anything to receive vaccinations. Malawi is one of the countries where drones are launched to deliver vaccines, blood, and medications to save lives.
6 Using Child Beggars In The US
Street beginning is a common problem across the world, including the US. According to reuters.com, child beginning is an emerging form of human trafficking in the US, which often goes under the radar. Some infants are even given medications to keep them unconscious and use them as props for begging.
5 Not Stopping British Teens From Joining Gangs
While London has lots to offer, including a wide variety of Instagrammable spots, living there can be tough. Street violence is extremely high and it’s not weird loners or dangerous psychopaths who are to blame; it’s young people who are linked to brutal crimes in the UK. According to express.co.uk, there are more than 50,000 teens involved in street gangs.
4 Scandinavian Parents Let Their Babies Nap In Below-Freezing Temperatures
It’s a well-known fact that Scandinavian parents let their babies sleep in the cold. When a parent form Denmark leaves their infant outside a restaurant in Manhattan, however, they might face some serious consequences. According to theguardian.com, mom Anette Sorensen from Copenhagen was sentenced for leaving her daughter outside a restaurant in New York.
3 Ignoring Child Safety When Driving
Traffic safety is essential and seat belts can actually save lives. Nevertheless, there are parents out there who wouldn’t hesitate to let their little one seat on their lap… even when driving. We all remember Britney Spears driving with little Sean on her lap. Additionally, some parents think that driving when not in the right state of mind is okay.
2 Restricting Human Rights In Russia
Coming out is difficult. Nevertheless, some countries like Russia impose strict laws which make it even harder. According to Human Rights Watch, LGBT adolescents in Russia find it hard to access equal opportunities due to the notorious 2013 gay propaganda law proposed by some conservative politicians and religious groups.
1 Putting Babies Behind Bars In Mexico
Raising a child is not a walk in the park. It’s not a prison yard walk either. Many moms in Mexico, however, raise their babies behind bars. According to thelily.com, women serving prison are allowed to keep their children under four with them. Unfortunately, many women are sentenced for crimes their partners did - even for abortions and miscarriages.
Sources: Alla Africa, Compassion, Express UK, Psychology Today, Reuters, The Guardian, The Lily Magazine, World Health Organization