24 November 2009
Protect Girls in Domestic Labour in Haiti

Children in domestic service live with a host family undertaking domestic chores in return for their board and lodging. They are frequently exploited, ill treated and denied their right to education, healthcare and food. Their situation has been described as a form of modern slavery by the UN.

Girls are also at grave risk of physical abuse and sexual violence, which is pervasive and widespread in Haiti. This particularly affects young girls as more than half of all those who report being raped are 18 or younger. Girls in domestic service are isolated from the rest of society with virtually no one concerned for their welfare and dependent on their host family, it is difficult for them to break free from abuse. Many end up on the streets where they are forced to sell their bodies for sex in order to survive.

Haiti lacks strong laws to protect the rights of children. Although it has signed up to international treaties, it has failed to integrate these into national law. Take action and call on the Haitian parliament to  protect Haitian girl domestic workers.

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