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Child domestic labour: a global concern

Blagbrough Jonathan

in Child slavery now

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426109.003.0005
Child domestic labour: a global concern

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This chapter deals with child domestic labour, focusing on detailed evidence from such countries as Peru, Togo, Tanzania, and the Philippines. Many employers of child domestic workers are cruel or highly exploitative, and unlike many child labourers, child domestic workers start work at a very young age. The hidden nature of the work makes interventions difficult, and the chapter argues that many of these interventions should be targeted at employers, requiring them to improve the conditions under which children work. In particular, employers should allow children access to education, recreation, and contact with their peers. The impact of family poverty is significant in driving children into this kind of work, often serving wider family needs. The growth of the middle classes in hitherto very poor countries has led to increased demand for cheap servants. This demand is often highly gendered, with an emphasis on girls, who are seen culturally as more expendable, fulfilling roles culturally sanctioned as ‘women's work’.

Keywords: Peru; Togo; Tanzania; Philippines; child domestic labour; child domestic workers; employers; poverty; girls; education

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