injustice - chores. I still wonder why I never questioned...

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An injustice that is still in this world today is child labor. So many little children throughout the world are exploited, working long, hard hours for little to nothing. Americans do not think that child labor is an issue in the U.S. However, it is in our country and I have witnessed this first hand. In 2002, I was living in New Jersey and when I moved to Kentucky a few years later, I found out that our old neighbors' “daughter” was really a child slave or domestic worker. The name the couple called her was Mary. If that was her actual name or not, I have no idea. She seemed to be around my age which was 7 at the time. She had been sent by her poor parents to work in America for money to send back to the family in the Ivory Coast. I watched her all the time climb up on the counter to put away dishes, always dusting and cleaning the house spotless. She would stay up way past the time I would go to bed to do
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Unformatted text preview: chores. I still wonder why I never questioned why she would never come outside to run around and play, and how is she doing today. These domestic servants, child slaves, are deprived of the three basic rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The children have no freedom, no liberty, to do what they want. They do not go to school and most owners/employers do not even bother to meet their health and nutritional needs. Some kids go to bed with nothing in their stomachs every night! Seeing this injustice first hand has made my view of the world change. I thought the world, especially America, was past the point of seeing slavery as justifiable. America is supposed to be the land of the free, not the land of the free American citizens plus some slaves from other countries. This injustice needs to end....
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