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Modern-Day Slavery: From Open Fields to Secluded Homes

This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.



Y's picture

Very powerful! Very well

Very powerful! Very well done, Monica.

Justice is only served when employers commit to treating any helper as an honored part of their own household for the time that the person is employed. We must ask ourselves whether we are being just when we pay less than a living wage.

Sadly, many children are born to serve their parents, so there is no sense of honor given even to the members of one's own family.

Thank you for your strong dedication to the cause of justice.


JaniceW's picture


Monica, it was heartbreaking to watch your powerful and tragic video. Your choice of music and presentation were strong in its stark glimpse of this reality and you shared compelling statistics that belie this scourge that is prevalent in so many homes.

This is such an urgent issue that the world needs to pay attention to. Concern is often given to children laborers in factories, mines, etc assuming that if a child is working in a household, she is at least safe with a bed and food each night. Tragically, as you point out, this is not always the case. Even worse is the fact that children are tossed aside like garbage after being violently abused.

Thank you for putting together this video. I wish it was mandatory viewing for those politicians in Bangladesh with children so that they might see how by a stroke of luck, their children are spared such indignities and abuse.

bitani's picture

a worldwide issue

thank you Monica for raising this topic. it is really sad to see humans treated like this. Domestic workers in Lebanon are mistreated, tortured, and raped as well. Many of these come from Bangladesh by the way. In much of the cases, the female will be less then 18 but the agency would lie on their actual age and get them here.

keep up the good work


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SanPatagonia's picture

Absolute horror

Domestic workers are part of this abhorrence all around the globe. Still in these days, we're dealing with some aspects of society such as this one, that leaves us all several steps back in the civilization scale. Dignity is denied without second thoughts or further consciousness.
As I was watching the video, I was thinking how long we still have to go in effort and commitment to put and end to these atrocities... hearbreaking and yet inspiring to never give up.
Thank you, Monica, for this powerful testimony.

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