Friday, May 15, 2009

Kenyans are slave owners

I began to think about the connection between slave labour and maids when I was a kid my thoughts have not changed. Especially after I met an East Indian Kenyan who was boosted to his friends that he was poor in India and when he came to Kenya he started owning slaves. 

Here are the reasons employing maids is slavery, after a day of frustration the employer takes out there anger on the maid beating, verbal abuse and threats are all too common. Maids do not have a union or a voice, so there plight and subsequent image of the self is drained. There work should be equated to an hourly wage and not a monthly wage. 

The desired results should be the eradication of the maid system, and trust me when the elite are pressed creativity and innovation will take root. Local jobs in manufacturing will open up making washing machines and other comfort tools. People will eat out more, hence improving local economies. Water pressure will have to be improved and maintained high for washing machines to work leading to an expansion of jobs in the construction industry as well. Read on and find some interesting definitions and facts on slavery.

Unfree labour is a collective term for forced work it includes all forms of slavery, and related institutions bonded labour signifies workers signing contracts to work for a specific period of time, for which they are paid only with accommodation and sustenance.

In Kenya and other developing nations, very large differences in the income of urban and rural households and between different socio-economic classes, leads to fewer educated women from rural areas a steady stream of domestic labour. Performing typical domestic chores such as cooking, ironing, washing, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, walking the family dog, and taking care of children

A truck system is an exploitative form of payment associated with isolation hindering communities to operate, when currency is scarce.

Trafficking in human beings is basically the recruiting, harboring, obtaining and transportation of a person by use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjecting them to involuntary acts, such as involuntary labour.

The profits slavery are estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. The general picture is clearer african countries like in Chad, IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks) reports children being sold to Arab herdsmen. In Mali and in Mauritania where Arab Muslims -- the bidanes – can own black slaves, An estimated 90,000 or 20% of the population are enslaved to the ruling bidanes (which means white-skinned people); despite slave criminalization in August 2007. 

Now that I have defined the types of slavery available try and connect the dots, on the issue of maids and are they useful in Kenyan society and can we do without them, yes Maids provide help with labour and security. But isn’t this a paradox both to our liberties and pride and aren’t we killing our economy ourselves?

1 comment:

  1. Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!
    Karl Marx