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Former child domestic worker leads fight against exploitation

“I was supposed to be the first one awake to get the children up and send them to school, and then take care of the household chores. And then I was the last one to bed at night.”

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Angel Benedicto is drawing on her own experiences to help other child domestic workers to build lives for themselves (Photo: Simon Hooper)

Angel Benedicto’s account of her daily routine as a household servant in Tanzania echoes the bleak experiences of exploited domestic workers in many parts of the world, but with one further dismal detail: even as she was expected to care for the children of the family for whom she worked, Angel was still only a child herself.

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Rotherham report exposes ‘endemic’ child sex exploitation

The true extent of child sex exploitation in British Asian communities has been underestimated because of taboos about discussing the subject and reporting abuse, campaigners have warned following the publication of a shocking report exposing how hundreds of girls were systematically raped in the town of Rotherham.

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A reporter into child sex exploitation in Rotherham estimated that at least 1,400 girls had been raped and abused since 1997.

The investigation estimated that at least 1,400 children, typically “young white girls”, were groomed and sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013 by “large numbers of male perpetrators” mostly from Rotherham’s small Pakistani-heritage community.

But the report by Alexis Jay, a former chief inspector of social work in Scotland, also raised issues about under-reporting within British Asian communities, citing concerns that abuse affecting ethnic minorities was often “hidden from sight”.

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