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About Haiti

Overall Effects of Slavery





Who Are They?

Restavecs are poor children taken from poor rural areas. They are brought to the city to work as slaves for wealthy families. The term restavec is French and can easily be translated into English as "one who stays with." The Haitian government knows of about 90,000 to 120,000 cases of children in restavecs. However, UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) estimates there are 250,000- 300,000 children working as restavecs.

Ideally, restavec children would be given food, education, clothes and shelter in exchange for their labor. Unfortunately, most times restavecs are given scraps to eat, rags to wear, and floors to rest their heads. Restavecs are essentially child slaves.

Many times restavec girls are abused and mistreated. When one becomes a restavec, one becomes a victim of sexual exploitation, physical abuse and trafficking. Children in restavecs rarely go to school. A daily schedule consists of being the first person up in the morning, preparing meals, carrying heavy buckets of water, washing clothes by hand, cleaning the house, and emptying bedpans, and being the last person to go to bed.




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