We show them videotape of Ti Soeur's scars. Her parents, who live in the countryside, are so poor they simply gave Onise away to a slightly less poor family in Port-au-Prince. There is little effort required on your part. She's a bright-eyed year-old with short hair. Landover Baptist Creation Scientists have used Scripture to calculate every amount of payment except for the price of white females.
Two waiters sitting nearby call me over. They say they've heard my conversations. At first I think they're going to yell at me or something. I'm bracing for shame. Instead, the waiters offer to sell me a child. Having illustrated how horrendously easy it is to buy a child slave in Haiti, let's consider something exponentially more awful: This staggering statistic is discussed in E.
Benjamin Skinner's "A Crime So Monstrous," a new book about the enormous and often underreported problem of modern day slavery. Click Here to read an excerpt. Skinner has come to Haiti with us. He was the one who gave us the idea to see how long it would take to leave New York City and buy a child slave. They're called "restaveks" -- a Creole term that means "stay-with. To meet some of these restaveks, my team and I traveled into the claustrophobic back alleys of one of Haiti's worst slums, Solino.
Here we find Onise, an achingly beautiful 8-year-old with haunted eyes. Her parents, who live in the countryside, are so poor they simply gave Onise away to a slightly less poor family in Port-au-Prince. Her owners promised her parents they would pay for Onise's education. But every day, when the other children in the tiny, one-room hovel where the owners live head off to school, Onise stays behind to do housework and run errands.
This child seems dead inside. The insides of her forearms are covered in scars. It is a bleak irony that Haiti is crawling with child slaves.
This, after all, is the only nation in modern history to be founded as the result of a slave revolt, in It's also a place where parents clearly take great pride in their children's appearance, dolling them up in elaborate school uniforms every weekday morning.
Parents here also make massive economic sacrifices to send kids to school, in this country where, for the most part, there are no public schools. Slave traffickers use Haiti's poverty and lack of opportunity to their advantage. As he explains, Haiti's system of child slavery began generations ago. Poor families from the countryside would give their children to wealthy families in the city. The children would do domestic work, but they would also be fed, clothed and educated.
It was a sort of social compact. Even though the system has now morphed into something grotesque, traffickers exploit the false, residual glow of altruism. This bogus sheen of charity is perhaps why we are able to get slave owners to talk to us on camera. Perhaps it's also because having a slave is so commonplace as to be almost entirely uncontroversial here.
We meet Onita Aristide in a shantytown precariously perched over a ravine filled with trash and also wild pigs and goats. Aristide is a mother of two who sells sandals in the local market.
For four months she's owned a "restavek" nicknamed Ti Soeur Creole for "little sister. She sleeps on the floor of Onita Aristide's tiny home. There are a bunch of hard questions I want to ask this woman, for example, why doesn't she send the girl to school?
But the scars on Ti Soeur's arms suggest I should tread lightly. Knowing Aristide doesn't speak any English, I broach the topic with our translator. Do you think I'm correct? We follow Ti Soeur as she goes to fetch water from the communal well. This gives us a chance to ask her questions without her owners hearing. She's a bright-eyed year-old with short hair. When I ask her questions about the marks on her arm, she says, "The lady did it to me with an electric wire.
As I later learn, this appears to be a standard punishment -- whipping restaveks with the sort of electric cord you might you use to plug in a toaster or a laptop.
The translator explains, "If she doesn't go and pick up the water, they beat her up. If she doesn't sweep, beat her up. By the time we visit Ti Soeur at 10 a. After meeting Ti Souer, we decided to go find her parents, to get a sense of why they would give their child away. Following a lead, we drive out of the throbbing, chaotic city, hours away, into the lush countryside. It's beautiful out here. Unfortunately, the LensCrafters website may not function properly on this browser.
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