If you think slavery doesn’t exist in the world today, think again. A recent article on MSNBC tells a true story of child slavery that exists today in the U.S. Trafficking of children for domestic labor is illegal but common practice in Africa and Egypt. Families in remote villages sign contracts with wealthy people and sell their daughters to work for them for extra money to support the family. They also claim that they are doing this for their daughters as an opportunity to escape a dead-end life.
However, these girls some age 10 or even younger live as slaves working for as little as $45 a month which their family receives; work up to 20 hours a day with no days off and live in squalor. These children don’t go to school and are hidden in basements and garages of their employers. The MSNBC article tells the sad story of a 10-year-old Egyptian girl working for a wealthy Egyptian couple.
The U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons found that over the past year, children have been trafficked to work as servants in at least 33 of Africa’s 53 countries. These children were sent to be maids to the U.S. and Europe from at least 10 African countries. This problem is so well hidden that there is no actual data on how many child maids work in the West.