Child domestic workers represent one of the most blatant examples of human rights abuse in many countries of the world, including Bangladesh. There are over 300,000 kids working as domestic servants in often exploitative conditions that offer little hope of a better future. Poor rural families often send their kids to the live and work with well-to-do urban families, often as a means to improve their own difficult economic conditions and to provide some path to a better future for their children. But working hours are long, breaks are few and far between, wages are paltry, educational opportunities are minimal and often there are reported cases of abuse. Without enforceable legal frameworks, these children are not protected by labor laws to the extent they should be.
It is a social ill with seemingly few catalysts for change, aided and abetted by the urban middle and privileged class' tacit acceptance and willingness to let the practice continue. Just like the other children growing up in the house, the child domestic worker also deserves the right to enjoy education, leisure time, nutrition, safety and a normal social life.
Different organizations in Bangladesh are currently working on safeguarding child domestic workers' rights. Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK) has been playing an important role in addressing this issue. Drishtipat has joined ASK in this noble cause to help improve the life of the child domestic worker in Bangladesh.