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Atlas / Morocco
My friend Antonella Notari from the Womanity Foundation, an independent private foundation established in 2005 and based in Geneva, had asked me to cover a concern they had over the “Petite Bonnes” (Little maids) in Morocco.
Rich Moroccans drive to Atlas (mountaineous Moroccan region) and offer poor gullible families to send their young daughters to the city by promising them an education and a better life. It's a hoax and they wind up working as slave-maids. The situation was dire and it was important to bring it out into the open.
I accepted gladly and went to Morocco.
It was a very moving experience to be able to meet with these young girls' families who have been able to get their child back home safely. The Association was to thank for that.
The pictures reflects the emotional impact in the parents' eyes to see their next of kin back.
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