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.
National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature, 2006
YALSA Ten Best Books for Young Adults, 2007
A Junior Library Guild selection
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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.
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Description of rape, drug use, beatings.
Sexual Content: Description of rape, brothel activities, but no graphic details.
Violence: a girl being beaten almost every day
Frightening or Intense Scenes: men treating women badly
Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.
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