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