Violent Waters, A Poem Regarding Servitude, Including an Introduction to Modern-Day Slavery & Poetry4Freedom
Victims experience the following:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Not allowed out
- No day days off
- Denied regular food
- Working 16 hours daily
- Unpaid salary
- Passport withheld
Recruited as Maid Treated as a Slave!
The purpose of this hub is to create awareness for the tens of thousands of women and young girls who are being sold into domestic slavery as maids. They are on call 24hours, poorly mistreated and beaten. Each year there are related deaths reported of suicide and other causes.
Women and children mainly from African countries are recruited and sent to the U.S and Europe. But the problem is so well hidden that authorities have no idea how many are actually working in western countries today.
When I recently learnt of this problem I felt sad, angry and helpless. Perhaps you`re feeling the same? I know, I know its hard to comprehend that this is actually going on. In fact I had difficulities sleeping for three nights from the entire subject matter of trafficking & modern-day slavery! There are numerous anti-slavery organisations which are fighting on the front line, making a difference. I have listed a few below.
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My life so dim, I no longer sing.
Serving a family, not my own
In this strange foreign land.
Recruited as a maid, treated as a slave
Brutal beatings outnumber my pay,
Im voiceless without a name!
My life in the open sea,
Dark sharks encircle me.
I think of my hungry children
So I keep my head up; carry on.
Waves high enough to wipe me away
Yet Im still here, day after day!
Desperate and unprotected
Exhausted in violent waters,
I thank the sun who dried my tears
And kiss the stars goodnight,
There is no other way out
I take my last breath here!
©Copyright 2012 MegNezaj
This Poetic Piece has been set to a poweful choral, click the link below to listen.
Moving footage, rescued victim speaks out and more!
No child should have to live this way!
List of Anti-Slavery Organisations:
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