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Sold

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Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2006
ISBN: 9781423141112
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Cheryl_JHL Nov 09, 2017

Heartbreaking and an eye opener. This book was based on the author's extensive research into young girls being sold into prostitution. It is in my "human experience" reading list as a read that gives us perspective of others lives and struggles.

This quote sums up my horror in one sentence: "Say you're 12, they will pay better."

FindingJane Jul 11, 2017

Americans often bleat about what they consider to be basic human rights: right to have a great job, affordable housing, punctual public transportation, etc. Then when we receive these things we take them for granted. That’s because they aren’t rights—they’re privileges. The Constitution accords us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Everything else is icing on the cake.

Nothing brings this home like learning how difficult life can be in other countries. When you read about a world in which seasons are marked by the specific diseases that kill babies, an American can come to the swift realization that life is very good indeed, even if you can’t afford to buy a car.

Lakshmi’s story illustrates her background, her relatively happy life in her small Nepalese village, the sounds, sights and smells of everyday living, the contrast between a lengthy drought and a powerful monsoon. Then it highlights the abrupt change when she is taken on a long journey through a huge city of blank faces and crowded streets.

This is a dire story narrated with the gracious but modest prose of an adolescent of 13 or 14. The horror of her situation nearly destroys Lakshmi before she decides she is going to survive. Most of all, it is a tale not of courage but the grim determination to live, to escape her chains, to grasp at the hope that she might be freed and sent back to her family.

Shame, poverty, degradation, rape and the constant grinding fear of punishment are all present here. Even at the end, you remain uncertain of Lakshmi’s fate. Would she be welcomed back to her family with open arms or rejected because she has brought shame upon them? This is a book that haunts and preys on the mind. Even if suddenly relieved that life is good to you, you can’t help but mourn at the thought of helpless females at the mercy of predatory men and women who see them as nothing more than disposable commodities.

mmilanow Jul 17, 2016

An eye-opening story about the ongoing horrors of human trafficking in Southeast Asia, drawing from research and the horrifying and very real experiences of survivors of sexual slavery. The protagonist recounts her captivating and terrifying story in beautifully written prose, making for a book that you will not want to put down.

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KeenaL
Jun 16, 2016

This story is so sad and eye opening.

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jlmommie01
Jun 01, 2016

A well written story that speaks from a young girls stand point. It describes the horrors she experienced with innocence and no vulgarity. A well written novel that describes the horror of the sex slave industry and the truths at a level that a teen can handle.

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mirakandhari
Nov 07, 2015

This book is so incredibly amazing. Lakshmi is a 13 year old girl who comes from a very poor family in Nepal. Her stepfather said it was time for her to go into the city and earn some money for the family. That was when her father sold her to a lady named Mumtaz where she was sold into prostitution. That is until she has paid off all her debt. Mumtaz puts her in situations and makes her do things that she could have never imagined. No one could ever imagine a little innocent 13 year old girl being forced into such things that she was put into. This book is something that could get you feeling so many thing. During my reading I started crying a couple times because it really deals with mature subjects. So no one under the age of 14 should read this book cause they may be offended or they may feel like it is a lot to handle. A very long time ago children at around this age do end up being sold into prostitution and get beat and go through stuff like this. So to read this book it really was a big eye opener for me because I got too read about a different point of view of a situation that we rarely get information about. Even though this book is fiction I still feel like a lot of the scenarios and issues were very realistic like when they talked about poverty. If you are looking for a read that will really make you think and open your eyes this one would be a very good choice.

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carlastephenson
Jun 30, 2014

I picked this book up from a discount table and was intrigued by the description on the fly leaf. I was stunned at the harshness of the narration, but realized that this is all too real for millions of poor girls and boys in many countries.
I am glad I read it although it would not have been my first choice in leisure reading.

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Gammaof2
Jan 10, 2014

Altho this particular book is fiction, it is based on a very real occurrence, Human trafficking. Not only is it real, but horribly wrong on so many levels. I felt so bad for these girls; however since this really does happen around the world to both sexes, I cannot help being amazed at the depravity of some human beings.

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palaminopony
Dec 05, 2013

“Sold” is a moving, haunting piece of literature depicting the life of a young girl sold into prostitution. The main character is Lakshmi, a young girl, who lives in a small village with her mother and cruel stepfather. As time goes by, Lakshmi’s stepfather manages to gamble away all of the family’s money, prompting him to decide to send Lakshmi to “work in the city”. Instead of having a job as a maid for a rich city family like she was promised, Lakshmi is sold to a brothel where she is prostituted out each and every night to much older men.
This novel is a wonderful, powerful read that makes use of poems to tell the story. It does contain some “trigger warnings” towards various forms of abuse though. However, the author of this review highly recommends it. It has a well-driven plot that offers a chilling glimpse into the world of child prostitution, and the novel itself is based upon events that truly do happen all over the world. The setting of the story is simply brilliant, and various characters are relatable and very likeable.
“Sold” by Patricia McCormick is a brilliant novel. It would be a lovely choice for a book report or “book talk”, as it deals with current world issues. This novel would be a great choice as a pleasure read too, as it is very interesting and informative without slapping you in the face with facts.

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Blue_Turtle_5
Aug 15, 2013

Couldn't put the book down, even after I finished reading it, I re-read it again!

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jlmommie01
Jun 01, 2016

jlmommie01 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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blue_heron_59
Aug 10, 2014

blue_heron_59 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

beagl65 Apr 22, 2012

beagl65 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

lalla22 Mar 09, 2012

lalla22 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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twilight5
Feb 25, 2011

twilight5 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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aliyxo
Sep 24, 2010

aliyxo thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Ms_Silva
Oct 24, 2012

Sexual Content: Description of rape, brothel activities, but no graphic details.

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Ms_Silva
Oct 24, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Description of rape, drug use, beatings.

lalla22 Mar 09, 2012

Violence: a girl being beaten almost every day

lalla22 Mar 09, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: men treating women badly

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twilight5
Feb 25, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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aliyxo
Sep 24, 2010

Sexual Content: as this deals with Sexaul Slavery,there is refernces to sex-related things

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Ms_Silva
Oct 24, 2012

13 year-old girl from Nepal is sold into sexual slavery in Calcutta. Brutal hopeless conditions for the girls. Brothel owners keep them, discard when ill. Corruption keeps police at bay. Story based on true facts of the terrible conditions for girls sold by fathers, brothers, uncles, mothers and kept as slaves until too sick to work.

lalla22 Mar 09, 2012

Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.

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lalla22 Mar 09, 2012

she hit me in the soles of my feet

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