Retrak - Inspiring Street Children

Combating child domestic slavery across Ethiopia

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10,000 girls are trapped in domestic slavery, where they face horrifying living and working conditions, physical and sexual abuse. Retrak are working to end domestic slavery in Addis Ababa by rescuing victims, educating vulnerable communities & lobbying key stake holders.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1122799)

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Tragically, over 20,000 Ethiopian children are sold into slavery every year by their parents. Traffickers will approach poor rural families to recruit girls for ‘home-help’ work in the city. Despite promises of a good salary or schooling opportunities, children are instead sent into slavery. Victims can work up to 126 hours a week and most are abused. With no skills, contacts, and often no ability to speak the local language, domestic slaves often see prostitution as their only way out.


Retrak will lead intervention at every stage of the process to stop slavery. Through our outreach, prevention & reform activities, we will: - Educate vulnerable groups on the realities of domestic work and challenge the culture of children being seen as economic assets - Rescue victims from exploitation & enrol them onto our Lighthouse program. Here they'll access specialist care, education and family reintegration - Lobby key stakeholders to address the policy gaps for girls trapped in slavery