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Girls Enslaved:

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Meggan Kittmer

on 1 June 2015

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Transcript of Girls Enslaved:

Girls Enslaved:
Haiti

Haiti Population: 10.3 million
Country Size: 27,750 km²
Haiti: Port-au-Prince
Canada: Ottawa
Life Expectancy:
Haiti- 62.7 years
Canada-81.24 years
People Living with HIV/AIDS
Haiti-138,900
Canada- 0
Agriculture Production:
Haiti- coffee, mango's, cocoa, sugar cane
Canada-wheat, tobacco, fruits, dairy products
Restavek:
is a form of modern-day slavery that exists in Haiti, affecting one in every 15 children. Typically born into poor rural families, restavek children are often given to relatives or strangers. In their new homes, they become domestic slaves, performing tasks for no pay.
Human Trafficking:
the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.
Human Trafficking
Restaveks
Exploitation of Women
Human Trafficking
Why is the trafficking of young girls and children so "easy and profitable"?
Children are young and naive, they trust the "authority" figures that they come across
They are easily swayed by promises of simple luxuries like food, water, a bed to sleep in, schooling
They will not challenge authority
Large numbers of children make it very difficult to track their where-abouts and if they are out of place
Restavek's are common knowledge, but their fate is not
There are about 300 different tent communities still dotted around Port-au-Prince
There is little to no access to clean, safe drinking water, toilets or waste disposal
There is roughly 1 toilet for every 114 people
Restaveks = Domestic Slave
A child who is given away by their biological parents to another "wealthier" family.
The parents are given the impression that for light and minimal labor their child will be given food, clothing, a bed, and most importantly an education.
The reality is that these children are fed last, are stripped of the clothes that they arrived in and instead forced to wear rags to mark them as the "slave" of the house
They are not given a place to sleep in the house
Are almost never given the education that they were promised
What really ends up happening is that the child is worked from dawn till dusk, cleaning the house, washing dishes, retrieving water.

They are beaten with house hold objects, mutilated, and very often sexually abused.
Discussion Questions:
Is this information that slavery is still very active in Haiti a surprise? Was it anticipated that it was to this extent or could it be a lot worse?
Is there any way that we are responsible for what is going on? Is there anything we can do to help the situation of domestic slavery or the abundance of children in Haiti?
Why is it that the Haitians take advantage of their own people? How do adults use and abuse their own countries children? How do they justify themselves?
Is the current slavery situation in Haiti going to have lasting results for the country in the future?
Should the Haitian government put into place laws that limit the number of children a family can have; as this could result in fewer children becoming domestic slaves.
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