PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI - MARCH 30:  Tablita, a 14-year-old "restavek", balances a water container on her head to take back to her "host" family's home, on March 30, 2005 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Tablita worries about her emminent departure from the household: although her "host" father Ronald wants Tablita to stay, his wife wants to replace her with her younger sister.
Hundreds of thousands very young children have been handed over to "host" families in Port-au-Prince by desperately poor parents lured by the promise of a better life. Instead, the children receive no education and are forced to do hard, menial jobs; oftentimes they are forbidden to join the host family for meals, and sleep on concrete or dirt floors with little clothing. When they reach 15-years of age (by law the age to receive a wage), families often throw restaveks out to the street and replace them with younger children. These children are called "restavek," which in the local Creole language means, "to stay with." (Photo by Shaul Schwarz/Getty Images)