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Volume 8 Issue 2 - September 1, 2014

Child Domestic Labour In Accra: A Juxtaposition of the Myths with the Reality

Peace Mamle Tetteh

Over the years, under the guise of fosterage and training, many girls have ended up as domestic labourers. Perceptions of child domestic labour are varied and often based on misconceptions about the practice and its effects. A common attitude is to deny that child domestic work is a form of child labour or employment at all; or to refuse to acknowledge that it is detrimental to the wellbeing of the children concerned. This paper compares some of the myths held about child domestic labour with the reality of a group of children who are involved in the practice in Ghana. The aim is to debunk some of the myths surrounding the phenomenon and possibly, influence the development of appropriate policies and interventions for child domestic workers.