Trafficked Haitian kids need to break free – TwinCities.com

blg ruben rosario mugBut what’s going on in Haiti, particularly after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 310,000 and displaced 1.2 million people, is off-the-charts disturbing. Kids are brazenly being sold — by strangers and relatives — into forced labor, indentured servitude and prostitution as easily as chickens or fish at an open market.

UNICEF estimates 225,000 are “restavek,” or child domestic slaves (“restavek” in Creole means “stay with”). More than 3,000 are smuggled across the Haiti/Dominican Republic border annually, many of them sexually exploited by a growing child sex tourism industry from America and Europe.

According to a U.S. State Department report, “Dismissed and runaway children from domestic servitude make up a significant proportion of the large population of street children who end up forced into prostitution, begging, or street crime by criminal gangs in Haiti.” via – TwinCities.com.

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