The repugnance many will feel over Madonna's purchase of a new 'babee' is not misplaced. That she is American may explain why she fails to recognise the crassness of this act of self-gratification. In this case the reward is emotional - she is buying the unconditional love of an infant, until it grows to the point when she will need to buy another - rather than economic, as was the case in the past when Europeans bought Africans.
She could, of course, spend the same amount as she will on acquiring and maintaining this one infant on paying local Malawi families small stipends to adopt and care for many of their nation's orphans, and thus improve the sum of human happiness many fold. But this is not about them, it's about Madonna.