A Shocking Moment in Morocco

I met this man who worked at the corner store at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ait Benhaddou. My friends and I were passing by the cash when he asked if he could buy my blue-eyed, blonde haired female friend. I’m not entirely sure if he was joking or not, but it was a shocking request.

While Morocco felt safe at most times as a male tourist, the Global Slavery Index estimates that there are over 85,000 victims of slavery living in Morocco - that includes child labor and marriage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. The report defines modern slavery as “one person possessing or controlling a person in such a way as to significantly deprive that person of their individual liberty”.

Throughout this excursion across Morocco, I also saw what I believe was a child slave doing labour for merchants selling carpets to tourists. I do not think I’ll be posting that image.

Taken on June 8th, 2015