Why Haiti tolerates child slaves | Global 3000

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Promises of education and enough to eat are enough to persuade impoverished rural families in Haiti to hand over their children - usually their daughters - to strangers who live in the cities. They believe their children will fare better there than in rural areas. But the reality usually fails to live up to their expectations:Often,the children end up working more or less as slaves in their new homes. They're known as restaveks - from the French for rester avec - or to stay with. Alinx Jean-Baptiste coordinates a children's assistance project in Haiti. He tries to convince the 'foster parents' to send their 'restaveks' to school at least for three hours a day.