..“Trying to remember, I have learned, is like trying to clutch a handful of fog."
By Camryn F. & Akshaj Y.
The Author of the book Sold addressed many issues in the real world. The main issues he addressed were sexual tourism, and sex trafficking. The main character, Lakshmi was tricked into this trade, thinking that she would be in a different field of work. She was tricked thinking that she was working as a maid in a rich house for money for her family and gave trust to bad people. She ended up being placed in the sex trade. According to the text "Sex Trafficking" "Usually they look for vulnerable victims, such as runaways or young women with few friends, poor family lives, low self-esteem, or drug problems." Lakshmi's family was poor so they targeted her. The only thing that kept her from going insane was the cool, crisp Himalayan air in her shawl. She also made a decision: to work to pay off her debt to go back home.
“This affliction--hope--is so cruel and stubborn, I believe it will kill me”
Many other sex slaves were held captive and threatened with violence so they will not leave. For example, in the book Sold, Anita was beaten with a pipe when trying to run away from work.Also from the article " Sex Trafficking", the author states, "some slaves are force-fed drugs to keep them in the industry." The drugs force them to do what their captivators want them to do and detain their freedom. In the book Sold, they are held captive in a busy city in India like the scene above.
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In the book Sold Lakshmi was one of many girls and woman who were trafficked and added into the sex trade. India is a major participator in illegal sex trade. Many are kept until they are useless. For example, in Sold, Monica is useless and then thrown out of the home they are kept in. Sex trade and trafficking in to slavery is a very sad prospect where victims are mentally scarred permanently, and some of them go insane or even die. Overall, the sex trade is dangerous and can have permanent results on the victims.
Sex Tourism: Bynum, Leon James. "Sex Tourism." Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2013. EBSCOhost, proxygsu-scob.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=89677625&site=eds-live&scope=site.
Sex Trafficking:Harmon, Angela. "Sex Trafficking." Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2016. EBSCOhost, proxygsu-scob.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=119214137&site=eds-live&scope=site.