225,000 Restaveks

Haitian child
Just how many slaves can one small island hold? An estimated 225,000 according to a recent study. CNN reports that "as many as 225,000 children in Haiti live and work as unpaid domestic servants, the first study to closely examine the issue concluded".

"Story Highlights

  • Study: As many as 225,000 children in Haiti live and work as unpaid domestic servants
  • Known as restaveks, these poor children are sent by their families to other homes
  • Child-rearing given to another household in exchange for the child's unpaid domestic service
  • The majority of restaveks are female, and are prone to abuse and rape by their host families"

    For the complete story, click on:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/12/24/haiti.child.slaves/index.html?iref=allsearch

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