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Child Slavery in the US? Wealthy Immigrants Bring "Hired" Help

Child Slavery in the US? Wealthy Immigrants Bring "Hired" Help

Well, this is just great. Behind the gated and planned communities of Southern California housewives aren't just employing children as drug dealers, they're smuggling children into the US to work.

As affluent immigrants move here from Africa, where the rich think nothing of employing children for little to no money, many bring children with them to employ for meager wages ($30-per-month meager). The US State Department found that in the past year, children from at least 10 African countries were sent to the US and Europe to work as maids.

To learn about one former child slave who found justice, if that's even possible,

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The family that brought Shyima over when she was 10 from Egypt was reported by a neighbor. After a long court battle — where the couple tried to claim her as their child — they pleaded guilty to forced labor and slavery. They were ordered to pay $76,000, which hardly seems like enough but is the amount she would have earned at minimum wage; sentenced to 22 months (wife) and three years (husband) in prison; and deported upon release. Shyima was adopted, finished high school, and at 19 now wants to become a police officer.

If it's possible to call Shyima lucky, it could be said. Because child slaves are cloaked behind the curtains of private homes, her case is an exception. Tasks like sorting laundry, taking out the garbage, and ironing shirts can easily be mistaken as chores, so nobody can even estimate how many children are enslaved. And since none of it is considered abusive (at least not physically), cases are rarely prosecuted.

People who keep child slaves not only see themselves as employers but also as benefactors, giving poor children opportunities. Sure, if you call 12-hour work days and no education in a nice American home an opportunity. And many in Africa, including Shyima's parents, do.

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Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
It's a sad question to ask, but is the child slavery option, assuming no physical or sexual abuse, actually a better option for these children? While I think it's horrible for the wealthy to take advantage of the poor, they could adopt them or educate them and pay them decent wages, I'm not as quick to criticize the parents of these children. If the kids live in villages where people are starving and dying of disease, maybe what seems to us like a horrible situation is actually better. I'm assuming that in addition to the $30, they are being fed and housed?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
em- you knew I meant important.... damn spell check.
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
It sounds like we need to make immigration laws to check into people coming to the US to ensure they aren't bringing along any slaves.
em1282 em1282 8 years
chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp
em1282 em1282 8 years
I don't see any import issues here. Oh, wait, slaves are imported. Gotcha. .............................. ;)
Stella-Stylist Stella-Stylist 8 years
Unbelievable!! What in the world are people thinking? 30 bucks a month? To add insult to injury.......
Myst Myst 8 years
Hainan in Dave's case it's not once in a while.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
everyone trivializes import issues once in a while. Give him a break.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"As affluent immigrants move here from Africa, where the rich think nothing of employing children for little to no money, many bring children with them to employ for meager wages ($30-per-month meager)." African immigrants are enslaving the less fortunate African children.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Sorry, I am also waiting for someone to come out and call us sensitive.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Waiting.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I am.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Is anyone else waiting for the eye roll and the oy and the "I was just joking" comment?
liliblu liliblu 8 years
"So African immigrants are enslaving their African brethren?? Shouldn't the African American community be a little more upset about this? When do we expect to get the "apology" they so richly deserve?" Every once in a while Dave, you show your true colors. I'm no longer surprised by what you write. But it's sad that after reading the post, you felt the need to take a swipe at Blacks/ African Americans and trivialize a serious issue all at the same time.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Tia, you think I can find my cousins and them in Africa. I should just ask someone from there if they knew my family right. What was our last name again?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Why of course, Tia! Because we all know that race trumps everything, even national culture and socioeconomic background :p
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Bella, Of course Africans and African-Americans are of the same nationality, they also all look exactly alike ;-)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
This is absolutely disgusting, and the idea that many parents of the child slaves willingly sell their children into this kind of service is just heartbreaking. "So African immigrants are enslaving their African brethren?? Shouldn't the African American community be a little more upset about this? When do we expect to get the "apology" they so richly deserve?" Errr...there's sort of a difference between the nationally institutionalized, totally legal, and socially accepted practice of slavery which haunts America's past, and this current behavior, don't you think?
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I always wondered what we had in common besides knowing that African Americans - the decedents from slavery had in common with Africans despite being maybe of the same hue and having the same culture. But, what country in Africa did slaves come from or even know since their culture, history,language, religion, and their African roots taken from them they had to conform to a new country and their captors. I know I have so much in common with people from West Africa - I know this now from unDave. Bravo.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Glad to see that Africans and African Americans are the same nationality.
stephley stephley 8 years
"When do we expect to get the "apology" they so richly deserve?" There's just nothing you won't trivialize, is there?
Myst Myst 8 years
lol bellaressa, join the club, UnDave never fail to amaze a lot of us on here.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
UnDave you never seem to amaze me. You are right - we should be outraged.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
So African immigrants are enslaving their African brethren?? Shouldn't the African American community be a little more upset about this? When do we expect to get the "apology" they so richly deserve?
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