Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has apologized to all those affected by the forced reference to the monasteries and unpaid work, which for more than 70 years of the 20th century was practiced in the country.
In the period from 1922 to 1996, more than 10,000 women were sent to the Magdalene Asylum, where free labor under the care of the nuns, reports Daily Mail. Women were exiled to what slavery for minor infractions: premarital sex or ticketless travel on public transport. Many were carried out in the dungeons of these workers home life.
Kenny apologized to the surviving prisoners laundries for cruelty and intolerable working conditions, which were unfortunate women are forced to work, but the government official apology and to no avail. The victims of the orphanage, founded a few years ago, own union, said that these words do not suit them, and they require repentance on the part of high-level politicians and representatives of the Catholic Church.
Women whose labor is not paid for, washed clothes for the Irish army, the largest local hotels and even employees brewer Guinness. Because of free slave labor "correctional" institutions managed to get many lucrative contracts: the profit was almost one hundred percent. Surprisingly, the Magdalene Asylum, which was a few around the country were able to survive until 1996.
The youngest of the survivors of a shelter is now 60 years old. Maureen Sullivan said that she was sent to one of these institutions, when she was 12 years old. Her father died and his mother remarried, having decided, apparently, to get rid of his daughter by sending her to one of the "slave-like" institutions. Torn from the school environment, the girl said that in one of the shelters is a lot to learn, though textbooks Sullivan has since been seen. Days and nights she digs up the garden, washed and mended clothes, mopping the floors. Sometimes she had to go hungry for days. The woman claims that the nun-matron broke her whole life.
In 2002, director Peter Mullan directed the film The Magdalene Sisters, which gave a detailed account of the fate of the three women who have been to "hostage to Ireland."
Only in 2011, the UN Committee against Torture urged the Irish government to begin a serious investigation of the holders of Magdalene Asylum.