THOUGHT of the day…

I have a coworker who mentioned today when he was a baby till about 5 he had an Australian living in South Africa Au Pair take care of him and his older brother. He said they both developed British accents over time, but his brother got beat up for not speaking American and so my coworker adapted an American accent. My coworker is in his early 20’s.

Cute little story.

Being that I have never met anyone raised by an au pair, I asked my coworker if his parents were wealthy. He said no, his Mom is a school teacher and his dad works for the government.

He said they paid the au pair with only room and board. Technically the au pair was supposed to have a work Visa (but it was purposely denied by my coworkers father, every time she applied).

Au Pair by definition: Willing to stay with a family for a minimum of 1 year. Childcare experience of at least 500 hours in the past 2 years. Driver’s license and driving experience. Clear criminal record. Au pairs are to be provided a private bedroom, meals, a full weekend off each month, two weeks paid vacation, up to $500 toward attending an institution of higher education, and a cash stipend tied to the U.S. minimum wage, and most importantly they must have a J1 Visa

Being that this person was denied a wage and a work Visa read to me like human trafficking slave labor. Imagine being in a foreign country with a chance to eat, sleep & work period.

I didn’t say anything to my coworker about my thoughts, but it really rubbed me the wrong way.