Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

Need: Information: Children in Bonded Servitude

kly's picture

Australiakly

I am currently researching a humanitarian concern where young girls are sold into bonded servitude. I would be very grateful for any information or stories anybody is able to offer. I understand that there is currently some amazing work happening which centres around countering the financial incentives for impoverished families to sell their daughters into labour.

Comments

olutosin's picture

NEW METHOD

There is a new method in the Eastern Nigeria now, when girls of 14 will be married to a barren woman, she will go look for a vagabond far away to impregnate her and her parents will be paid 1000 dollars for ehr to carry the pregnancy and the child will be handed to the barren woman or to anyone that needs the child, either for ritual or for keep. The rites of marriage will be performed with both women, it is strange but true, I have seen some but they are very rich and influential women.

Welldone for this good job may God deliver the poor from the hands of the rich.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

irmia's picture

Question

Are there any reports from the girls, or perhaps from the community?

BTW, I understand the situation that involve rich and influential people. Once I joined in advocacy about a case where there's an involvement of legislative member. It was sexual violence case (also trafficking case). The girl was offered a job in the city by his neighbour (who is that legislative member). The girl agreed but then she was deceived. There was no job for her at the city, and the man raped her several times.

It was a tough case! I still remember how I wanted to punch the face of the village leader -where the girl lived, when he said "the girl is a bitch; so she deserved it."

Really, it was not easy. The last time I know, the man who raped did not go to the jail (eventhough in my country we have regulation on trafficking and domestic violence), but he got sanction from his party. Well, the case was quite political.

But I also once faced with a happy-ending case. I still remember how happy a police officer (I know) who succesfully put a trafficker in jail. He was just a police officer who lived in small island, but he got good knowledge on trafficking and child protection issue.
This kind of happiness who keeps me believe we always have to fight to end every forms of violence.

Mia

olutosin's picture

We do not have report

This is a culture as I have learn now, it is predominantly in the Eastern part of Nigeria and the girls are using it as a means of relieving their parents of the burden of upkeep, in short the girls are the breadwinners of the family....Rose Candy on Worldpulse said it started long time ago, not now. But I am sure that there are some children or women we can interview who should give us examples of who when and how they do these things, I would really love to delve into this issue only that I live in the West but is happens in the East...it is a news item because it is strange. A barren woman marrying an innocent girl to be delivering children through sex with just any man....life.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

kly's picture

How do we find out more?

Thank you! How can I find out more about this horrific practice. My research is for a series of books aimed at teenage girls (they have an incredible capacity to effect change) in which I want to cover issues, such as the new method, facing girls who are being brutalised, because of poverty and a lack of educational opportunities. Dialogue is a powerful leverage in effecting change and I want to facilitate such dialogue through literature. People in Western countries - our schools, our media, our government - need to know more about what is happening. After ignorance and denial, there comes the point where people simply know too much to look away. This is the point which must be reached. I would be very grateful for any information which will help me to build movement closer to this point.

kly's picture

A few questions ...

I understand that it may be difficult to find people who have been involved in this to say too much about this practice, but I have a few questions and would be grateful for any information:
. Why do the girls marry the women? Is this to do with ensuring that they have a claim on the baby and also to protect their position in the marriage?
. What happens to the young girls after the baby is delivered?
Thankyou for any help, with warmest gratitude.

olutosin's picture

ANSWERS

The girls married the women because of the money involved, parents have ways of using their children when it comes to provision of upkeep for the family, to me it is another form of child labour and child sexual abuse, the about 1000 dollars paid for the baby is given to the parents and that will solve some financial problems.

The rich women marry the poor girls in order to have control and absolute power over them, you see in Nigeria, marriage i a form of slavery among some people especially where dowry is paramount and this trpe of practice is common in that area, here the payer of the dowry does not matter, whether men or women as long as the money is paid to the father of the girl. The money is also paid to ensure that the baby is absolutely the property of the barren woman. She plays the piper she dictates the tune, but what is wrong is the age of the child and the practice of paying her parents and cajoling her to have sex with any one and marrying her to another woman, I think everything is wrong.

The rich women desperately need children and in order to protect their marriage, in Nigeria, children is the fruit of marriage and a barren marriage is the fault of the woman.

When the baby is delivered, the child is given to the woman who paid for the baby to be born, the last case I heard of last week, the woman was arrested by the police when the girl in question was saying that she wants eh address of the rich woman in Lagos, she was later released on bail after the payment of some money. The young girls will continue to deliver babies as long as the rich woman is responsible for her upkeep. In most cases, she will be impregnated with as many men as possible just to breed babies, what of HIV, never thought about that. I think it is an area to be researched in Nigeria.

You are welcome...If not for time constraint I would love to research on the subject....But it happens predominantly in the Eastern part of Nigeria.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Letters to a Better World

Letters to a Better World

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

womenspace's picture

CAMBODIA: Ordinary Women Can Make a Difference

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative