There are an estimated 17.2 million child domestic workers in the world, and the vast majority are girls. Domestic work keeps children out of school, confined to the home, socially isolated, and burdened with excessive domestic duties. Furthermore, evidence is emerging that domestic work is a feeder profession for sex work. In 2015–16, the Population Council undertook a study of migrant, out-of-school girls in Ethiopia. The domestic work conditions described in this brief create unbearable conditions for girls who enter into commercial sex work as an alternative, hoping for an improvement in their work situation. The study found that a considerable number of girls are trafficked into sex work, through deception by employers and brokers. Several programmatic recommendations arise from this study.
Erulkar, Annabel. 2018. "Child domestic work and transitions to commercial sexual exploitation: Evidence from Ethiopia," brief. Addis Ababa: Population Council.