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Violent Waters, A Poem Regarding Servitude, Including an Introduction to Modern-Day Slavery & Poetry4Freedom

Updated on May 29, 2014
Servitude and Slavery/ exploitation of migrant workers
Servitude and Slavery/ exploitation of migrant workers

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

desperate and legally unprotected
desperate and legally unprotected

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.

Help Support Poetry4Freedom:

I have written this poem specifically for PoetryForFreedom. If you are a poet and would like to support this project, please visit their page for submission details.

Please Note: The poetry contest is finished, although to reach their goal to create a complete collection for an ebook/book, they still need poetry focused on: Child Labor, Servitude, Debt Bondage, Restaveks,TRATA de personasom!!

Your poetry will help raise awareness for all forms of Trafficking, Exploitation & Slavery! Please tell your friends about this poetry project to raise awareness against human trafficking. Follow @Poetry4Freedom on Twitter.


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

Moving footage, rescued victim speaks out and more!

No child should have to live this way!


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      pearlmacb 5 years ago from Switzerland

      Thankyou Jhamann I appreciate your comment. Yes absoulutely its important to be reminded, its so natural to go on living own pretty life, yes we all have personal battles, but we couldnt imagine being held captive for years on end, no freedom no voice!:(

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      I love your contribution to this cause, so well written. It is sad that things as horrible as this happen, it is important to be reminded and to never forget. Jamie

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      pearlmacb 5 years ago from Switzerland

      Thankyou for stopping by FaithReaper, I appreciate your comment. In Him we can believe for captives to be set free, justice, victory assured!


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      pearlmacb 5 years ago from Switzerland

      Nice to meet you Rahul0324! I hear you bro, we are on the same page, thankyou for your response yes its a worldwide problem your right and no employee (domestic maid) should have to endure such cruelty!!

      I understand poverty is a majoy factor but its so painful, knowing that there are young girls sold into servitude by their own parents and for as little as 30dollars. Moreover, there are elderly who relax at home living off helpless children. very sad.

      ps. Im humbled by your fanmail. Thankyou :)

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Such powerful words and artwork. Amazing! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      "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"

      Painful isn't it. The problem is not limited to certain regions! It is a prominent business in India too,, thriving in the underworld.. hidden from the reach of authorities... or having them corrupted to let it happen.

      Sometimes I ponder that do such people don't have heart or more importantly do not have mothers or sisters. What drives them to such a sinful act of shame.

      "INFAMITA" it is... and your poem outlines it so beautifully!

      Gruesome pictures.. painful words... soulful poetry!!