HRW: Moroccan child workers often abused

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Rabat - Moroccan children as young as eight, recruited as domestic workers, are frequently beaten, verbally abused and sometimes refused adequate food by their employers, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Child domestic workers in Morocco, most of them girls, sometimes work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and receive as little as $11 a month, HRW said in a report entitled "Lonely Servitude: Child Domestic Labour in Morocco."

HRW's advocacy director for children's rights, Jo Becker, said: "Girls are being exploited, abused and forced to work long hours for extremely low wages.

"Working in private homes, many of these girls endure terrible conditions but have no idea where to turn for help," she added.

Social Affairs Minister Bassima Hakkawi was not available for comment.

The New York-based group said Morocco had taken "important steps" to stamp out the problem, citing government surveys showing that the number of working children under 15 dropped from 517 000 in 1999 to 123 000 in 2011.

Despite the progress, HRW said laws prohibiting the employment of such children were not adequately enforced, with employers rarely prosecuted for physically abusing the children and hardly ever fined for hiring them.



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