Home alone: end domestic slavery

10 September 2010 to 4 September 2011

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

photo of a young girl cleaning a huge pile of pots and pans

Stephanie George. Over 200,000 children in Haiti work as 'restaveks' - children sent from their family homes in rural areas to work as domestic workers in the city. © Pete Pattisson

Domestic work is one of the oldest occupations in the world and currently represents 10% of employment in some countries. Domestic workers work in other people's homes performing tasks such as cooking, cleaning, laundry and taking care of children, the sick and the elderly.

Home alone, invisible to society and lacking legal protection, domestic workers are among the most exploited and abused workers in the world. Many are in slavery. International action is needed to give them legal protection and end the abuse.

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Anti-Slavery International|, founded in 1839, is the world's oldest international human rights organisation and works at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world.

The International Slavery Museum seeks to increase public understanding of the history of the transatlantic slave trade and the wider issues of freedom and injustice still present in the world today.

This was the first exhibition in the museum's Campaign Zone - an exhibitions and community space that aims to shed light on the legacies of transatlantic slavery and to raise awareness of modern forms of slavery.