San Kay Khine shows her scarred arms and twisted fingers while recovering in her family’s village.
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San Kay Khine stares at her burned, scarred hands, her twisted fingers a reminder of her years as a child slave in Myanmar, one of thousands of young domestic workers feared to be at risk of exploitation and abuse. The 17-year-old was rescued from a tailor's shop in Yangon this month where she and another girl from her village spent five years as housemaids.The pair is among tens of thousands of children from poor rural areas sent to work as domestic helpers for the country's growing pool of wealthier, urban middle-class households.Like many child workers, the pair was brought to Yangon by a friend from the village who promised to find them good jobs.Inside the country, however, child helpers have no legal protection and many fear going to the police.San Kay Khine and Thazin's families say police did nothing despite their repeated appeals for help to free the girls.
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