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Trafficking In Maids Spreads Throughout World

Several months ago on Long Island, an immigrant couple from Indonesia were convicted of slavery for abusing a young girl who worked as their maid and whose life was no better than those who lived under the old plantation system. Shyima Hall, was ten when an Egyptian couple living in California, came to her village and selected her to be their “maid.” She was ten years old and worked 20 hours a day, no days off, and no breaks for $45 a month. When she began as a 10 year old Shyima had to stand on a chair in order to wash dishes. She worked every day until past midnight waxing floors, cleaning clothes and doing every dirty chore in the household. Shyima never went to school event though the law required her attendance. The neighbors pretended they did not see anything except a ten year old washing dishes while their own children were at schools. We don’t see what we don’t want to see.

The trafficking in children in America is among the untold or undiscussed stories, but in many parts of Africa it is all too common for rural families to send a daughter to the city to work as a maid. Thousands of these girls work in virtual slavery because they represent cheap labor who will not complain.

The children of Shyima’s employer referred to her as “stupid” and never thought for a moment what they could do to assist a fellow child. What did they learn in school is the real question?

Education For Begging-Trafficking In Children

Human trafficking takes many forms ranging from abuse of women for sexual purposes to brutalization of workers by unscrupulous employers, but a more under reported tale is educating children to work as beggars. There are about 1.2 million children in the world who ostensibly are receiving education, but their parents do not realize the education consists of their children being transformed into beggars. A recent study by the ILO, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the World Bank, reveals in Dakar, capital of Senegal, there are 7,600 children who work as beggars. Many of the children’s parents were told their sons were being placed in an Islamic school where they would receive a good education, but, in reality, the only education the boys obtain is how to become an effective beggar.

In a story printed in The Times of India, the life of a boy named Coli describes how his family willingly placed him with people they thought were Koranic educators. However, once in the Koranic school, Coli spent about two hours memorizing material from the Koran and nine hours working the streets of Dakar begging for money. Coli is but one of thousands of such children who live in extremely poverty and are abused by older children while they spent their days begging in the name of religion.