Women: Birthing justice, birthing hope. Part 3 of 12
Today there are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world, more than at any time in history, including during the transatlantic slave trade. One current slavery system is in Haiti, where roughly 300,000 children suffer in forced servitude in a system known as restavek, literally “to stay with.” Helia Lajeunesse is part of a group of restavek survivors who are raising visibility of the restavek system and fostering opposition to it. Lajeunesse is part of a global movement of people working against all forms of commercialization of human life.
By Helia Lajeunesse
Port-au-Prince, Haiti -- The restavek system is modern slavery. If the child doesn’t work hard enough, they beat him or her. The child can’t eat with the family, and usually just eats scraps. The child sleeps on the floor. They don’t pay the child. They never used to send the child to school. The family views that child as an animal.