Domestic Servitude in Haiti has a look at Haiti’s restavec system, which claims as many as 300,000 Haitian children who are, more often then not, promised a good home and an education and instead find themselves forced into domestic servitude. Some, like AASG Associate Micheline Slattery, are taken in by extended family after being orphaned; others are given up by parents too poor to feed them; still others are runaways taken from the streets.

The piece offers a good overview of not only the realities of the restavec system for those children who are caught up in it, but also some of the social, historical and economic roots of the system.

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