If you were apart of child slavery, would you run away, make a new life for yourself? Or would you stay, because the only thing you’ve ever known is how to clean windows? In India, the pro’s and con’s on each side, are unbelieving equal. This week’s article was ” Maid’s Cries Cast Light on Child Labor in India” by Jim Yardley. By now, reading tons of articles about child slavery, you would think I get used to it. But that’s not true. Every time I read a new article about how children are treated unfairly around the world, it’s like reading it for the first time over and over again. I never get used to it, and I’m certain I never will.
I don’t mean any offense to the Indian Government, but I don’t get how after all the incidents of child slavery that have occurred in India for the past few years, this incident in 2012 is the one that shed light on child labor? What about all those children before? I feel really mad because how can they say that after all the child labor problems occurring in India. And to delve into the article itself, I don’t know how her uncle could have sold his own niece. How could her own family member sell her. No matter how much you need the money, selling your own family away is just crazy. It’s not right. She’s apart of your family, she has the same blood as you. Imagine being sold away from all you ever knew, into a whole new world where you worked everyday to earn just enough money to survive dinner. The worst part is, she was paid nothing.
I can’t help but put myself in her situation. If I were in her position, starving, almost to the brink of death, what would I do? I can’t bear to think , what if she had no energy to scream and alert people. What do you think would have happened then? I think everyone looks normal, but until you find out who they really are, everything about them is just opinion’s , not facts. Like for example, the owners of this girl , if you had met them, I don’t think you would have known they treated this girl like they do. You may have thought they were nice people even. But once you find out how they really treat someone, all your respect for them just drops. It’s our responsibility to not just create awareness, which is important, but to make a change. Just like Ghandi said ” Be the change you want to see in the world”