" My name is Lakshmi I am from Nepal and I am 14 years old"
Of abuse cases in Nepal have been children in the last 15 years. Also in one year 12,000 girls in Nepal are sold into sexual slavery
By: Patricia McCormick
The issue the author is going over in Sold is about human trafficking and kids abused Nepal. It's a very controversial topic that is all over the world. In the book the main character is a victim of abusive slavery. In the Author's Note at the end of the book the author gives her thought about the trafficking in Nepal. In it, it talks about how girls are sold by their families unwillingly. Patricia McCormick also interviewed the victims of sold. She says she would describe what she heard as unspeakable horrors.
Setting - Nepal, India
Character - Lakshmi, Mumtaz, Pushpa, Anita, Shahanna
Conflict - Lakshmi and her friends were abused
Sold is about a girl named Lakshmi who is sold to this place called the Happiness House. Then in the Happiness House Mumtaz (the person running the place) sells young girls into abusive jobs like sexual slavery. Then Lakshmi meets an american man who was assigned by Mumtaz to sexually abuse her. Instead of using Lakshmi the guy tells Lakshmi that he can get her out of this situation. Lakshmi believes the man then he rescues the girls out of the Happiness House.
We added this quote because we feel that it shows how after Lakshmi was saved/removed from this abusive environment she was a very brave, strong, young woman.
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In the passage "A Deadly Passage to India," Newsweek, November 25, 2002, pp. 38–43. Copyright © 2002 by Newsweek, Inc. Reproduced by permission. Geoffrey Cowley is a senior editor of Newsweek and works as the magazine's health-and-medicine editor. Cowley has produced groundbreaking stories on AIDS and other health issues, and his articles, including his 1990 piece entitled "AIDS: The Next Ten Years," have won numerous awards as well as prompted government action. By the year 2010, India will have twenty to twenty-five million people infected with AIDS. In spite of Indian government officials' beliefs that their nation's moral character and conservative sexual mores would keep AIDS from spreading there, poverty, illiteracy, and a huge commercial sex trade have contributed alarmingly to the spread of the disease. Part of India's commercial sex trade is linked with their well-developed trucking transportation system. Mothers trade sex at roadside truck-stops to feed their children and truckdrivers spread the virus along their routes and then bring it home to their wives. As a result of the spread of AIDS, the Indian political landscape has changed; Indian AIDS control agencies have won worldwide acclaim for their work with high-risk groups, including sex workers and street children. However, these are small victories in a country of one billion people. Hopefully, with strong continued anti-AIDS efforts, the AIDS disease in India will not reach epidemic proportions.
Another issue a part of the book the author is expressing is that how the main characters family is in poverty and that's a key reason why she was sold into sexual slavery. How I know this is because in the beginning it starts off with Lakshmi and her mother working because her family needs more money. THEN her dad sells her off.
This shows the percentage of people in Nepal living under the poverty line.