Minjiza, former child domestic worker in Tanzania

“Whilst my brothers were allowed to go to school, I was forced to stop when I turned twelve, and my parents started making plans for me to be married, even though I didn’t want to. I ran away from home.

“In a church I went to for help, the pastor referred me to one of his church members, who was looking for a domestic worker.

“My employer told me I would be paid 10,000 shillings per month (about £3) but every time she was not satisfied with my work she deducted money. Often I only got about half of what I’d been told.

“I had to work seventeen hours a day and they gave me no time off. My employer never showed me kindness, she kept insulting me.

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“After three years, as her children grew older, she just threw me out. I went to the church again for help and this time they put me in touch with Agape (Anti-Slavery International’s partners in Tanzania).

“Now I am happy. I’ve only been here at Agape for two months but I have friends.

“In the future I want to be a nurse, so I can help educate and care for children, especially girls who are at risk if they get pregnant too young.”

Agape was founded as a result of Anti-Slavery International’s previous project with domestic workers in Tanzania by one of its beneficiaries John J. Myola, and is now one of the main partners in our new project.