As the global trade in domestic workers surges, millions of young girls face exploitation and abuse: in Togo, a 10-Year-old’s muted cry: ‘I couldn’t take any more’

by Kevin Sullivan

In Lome, a seaside city in a country, Togo, with one of the highest rates of domestic slave trafficking in the world, hundreds of girls a year seek protection from abusive employers. (The tee-shirt on the right is not an example of a high-priced purchase by the young girl, but rather a reflection of the market in used clothes, whereby charitable organizations in the developing countries sell clothing that can’t be sold in developing countries to exporters who send it to developing countries.  This export  of cast-off clothing has had a devastating effect  on textile industries in many developing countries.  The tee-shirt on the right almost certainly came from Great Britain.) Photo: Washington Post

LOME, Togo — Adiza ran scared and crying into the street. Ten years old and 4-foot-9, she fled the house where she had worked for more than a year, cleaning and sweeping from before dawn until late at night.

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