AMERICA/PARAGUAY - Denunciation of violence against children employed as domestic servants without pay

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 child labor  

Iglesia en Valladolid

Asuncion (Agenzia Fides) - Six out of ten children have been victims of different types of violence in Paraguay, caused in particular by the environment surrounding them. This is what emerged from the complaint of the Coordination for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CDIA), which adds violence on children employed as domestic workers. In fact, about 47,000 children are victims of a form of modern slavery culturally accepted in Paraguay.
CDIA notes that the lack of an effective protection system isolates people, families and communities living in poverty, making them easy prey for criminal networks such as human trafficking. According to a recent study by UNICEF, to be a domestic servant is one of the worst forms of child labor, and in most cases girls, children and adolescents do not receive a salary, but only room and board, in an inappropriate environment for their well-being. UNICEF also noted that Paraguayan law prohibits domestic child labor and that the State has ratified the International Labour Organization's agreement on the forms of child labor, including slavery as a means to pay off family debts and similar practices regarding slavery. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 24/01/2017)