I have struggled with this one for a long time: family selling their girls into this horrific trade.  Who is to blame? Is it poverty? Corruption? Evil? Culture? A little bit of each, maybe.

Shaktivahini.org reminds of a few trends:

  • relatives often do the recruiting and the selling
  • rings target the most impoverished villages
  • Girls from Gumla, Lohardaga, Khunti and Simdega taken to Chattisgarh or Orissa and handed over to agents who send them to other destinations
  • thousands of girls have gone missing over the past few decades
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