“We’re awful,” sayeth the teacher
Don’t think her stories only applies to the States.
What she’s talking about are the modern-day Comprachicos.
But the modern heirs of the comprachicos are smarter and subtler than their predecessors: they do not hide, they practice their trade in the open; they do not buy children, the children are delivered to them; they do not use sulphur or iron, they achieve their goal without ever laying a finger on their little victims. The ancient comprachicos hid the operation, but displayed its results; their heirs have reversed the process: the operation is open, the results are invisible…
[HT Robert at the Small Dead Animals blog]