Young Girls, as young as the age of five, are being sold into slavery. Not only are they vulnerable to cheap labor and intense beatings but also to sexual assault. In the capital of Indonesia alone, "there are 700,000 domestic workers under the age of 18." Some are tortured to death, such as being forced to drink drain cleaner and burning their stomach. Len Len Pedrero crawled, while still carrying out her domestic chores, for a week because her beatings were so brutal. She was heartlessly beaten to the point of suicidal, she says "'My whole body was in pain. I couldn't walk any more. I would rather have died than suffer there like an animal. I wanted to kill myself.'" It is good to hear that Len Len has ran away from that family, but she is still stuck as a domestic slave to another family. An organization called Child Domestic Labour reports that the high numbers of domestic slaves are most likely due to the lack of education.
This article reminds me of the suffering from the book 'Family' by J. California Cooper; especially the narrator, Clora. What reminded me most about her was that so many of these slaves are abused to the point that they think death is the only escape from the suffering. I now understand Clora a bit more, she was uneducated, she could not read, she did not know where else to turn to, she was hopeless. Even though this article was written in 1991, there is no excuse for torturing another human being for no wrong doings. Slavery has been in our history for as long as we can all remember, why haven't we learned from our mistakes? The reason I chose this article was mainly because of it's catchy title but without that title I would not have gotten to see the horrors of a domestic slave.
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