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This report was written by Clarisa Bencomo, researcher in the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, based on research conducted in Morocco in May 2005.

Michael Bochenek, counsel of the Children’s Rights Division, Lois Whitman, executive director of the Children’s Rights Division, and Ian Gorvin, consultant in the program office of Human Rights Watch, edited the report. Wilder Tayler, legal and policy director of Human Rights Watch, provided legal review. Sahr Muhammed Ally, Alan R. Finberg Fellow in the Children’s Rights Division, also commented on the manuscript. Fitzroy Hepkins, Andrea Holley, Ranee Adipat and Keren Yvonne Rouche provided production assistance to the report.

Human Rights Watch would like to thank all the current and former child domestics we interviewed for their willingness to share their experiences with us.

We are indebted to many NGOs and individuals who generously assisted us in the course of our research. Among them are: Gamal Eid of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information; Amina Kamri of Association Atfalouna; Nadia `Abbasi of Association Ennakhil pour la Femme et l’Enfant; Amina L’Naim, Dr. Najat Mjid, and Yamna Taltit of Association Bayti; Ziyat Elarbi of Association des Bienfaiteurs de Derb Sultan; Aisha Chenna and Rajae al Meskouri of Association Solidarité Féminine; Khaled Belkoh of Espace Associative; Dr. Lahcen Haddad; Nabila Tbeur of the Institution Nationale de Solidarité avec les Femmes en détresse (INSAF); and Johanna Selze.

We would also like to thank Malak Ben Chekroun of ILO-IPEC/Morocco and Rajae Berrada of UNICEF/Morocco for their assistance.

Human Rights Watch gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Oak Foundation, the Countess Moira Charitable Foundation, the Link Foundation, and the Independence Foundation.

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