Cultural Care Au Pair / Victimized Au Pairs at Children's expense
These au pairs are being victimized at the expense of young childrens' safety for the profit of big business. This needs to stop! There needs to be better regulations to plug the loopholes Cultural Care Au Pair is using. And this is my story:
We know a girl who has been an au pair with this company for about 9 months. She is a terrific girl with a wonderful supportive family back home. She came over to my house last night for dinner and she talked to me about her experiences. I am shocked! This is modern day slavery for these girls. She works on average 16-17 hours per day and gets paid $190.00 per week. Minimum wage is $8.00 in this country, I know you have to account for room & board she doesn't pay for, but that doesn't add up to $2.00 per hour. She has Saturday afternoon at 3pm until Sunday at noon off. That's it. Less then 24 hours. She doesn't have a set schedule. They live out in the middle of no where, with no access to a vehicle or public transportation. She is stuck there. The family took her to florida on a weeks long trip, and she watched the kids the entire time, while the Mom & her boyfriend enjoyed a terrific vacation. But yet the company counted that as one of her 2 weeks paid vacation she is owed.
I know child care is difficult, I've raised 3 boys, but the legal laws this company is breaking is outrageous. These girls are modern day slaves. She did complain to her LCC and was told to keep her mouth shut or face deportation. This is the United States. This is not allowed! She is hereon a one year student visa, not a work visa. What's up with that. She's taken two days of classes in the past 9 months. That's like my college son studying abroad for a year and only taking two days of classes. I'm sure this is a legal way for this company not to be tracked by the US labor department since these girls are here working full time under a student visa. Overtime pay is non existent. I'm a business owner, and the IRS doesn't look upon that lightly. But no one is helping these girls or letting them know their legal rights.
She has asked for my help last night. I couldn't believe all the "red flags" that I heard. So I goggled, this company. I'm even more shocked at what I've read. How can they keep getting away with this? These girls are being victimized at the expense of young children to profit big business in this country, and it's wrong.
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