Les Restaveks – Child Slaves

Watch this video, 25,2 minutes, published on Global Sociology, by SocProf, November 1, 2011.

First published on the english Al Jazeera’s Slavery serie: There are at least 8.4 million child slaves in the world today. Nearly two million of these are forced to work as prostitutes, while almost half a million are child soldiers. But the largest proportion of child slaves – more than five million – are held as forced labour … // 

… In this episode of Slavery: A 21st Century Evil, Rageh Omaar investigates the plight of child slaves in Haiti.

They are known as ‘restaveks’ from the French words ‘rester avec’, meaning ‘to stay with’. This is the practice of poor families giving their children as domestic help to wealthier acquaintances or relatives.

As well as taking place within Haiti, this form of slavery can also involve children being sold or trafficked to the US.

Our investigation exposes the slave traders who lure these children from isolated villages and then sell them to wealthy families. (full text).

More links about:

Bonded slaves: It is a form of slavery that is passed down from one generation to the next, enslaving millions …

Bridal slaves: India has the world’s largest number of slaves, among them an increasing number of women and girls sold into marriage. (Picture: Bride slaves can be sold for as little as $120) …

Charcoal slaves: Poverty-stricken men from the north of Brazil are often lured to remote camps where they are used as slave labour …

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