Sold: Family and Uncle Husband

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In Patricia McCormick’s non-fiction novel, Sold, thirteen year old Lakshmi is sold into sexual slavery by her stepfather. She believes she is going to work in the city, as the breadwinner, but her step-father is in it for the money and revenge of the eldest son he doesn’t have. Lakshmi’s biggest priorities are her mother and brother, and her stepfather could care less about her or the family, he has an addiction to gambling. Instead of working hard and paying for a tin roof, he gambles his money away, and sells his step daughter into slavery. If Lakshmi’s stepfather had not met the city woman at the festival, Lakshmi wouldn’t have been sold, she wouldn’t have met “uncle husband or Auntie” and she wouldn’t have left her mother, and baby brother behind.

Lakshmi’s friend Gita worked in the city and sent her family money, she was much respected. Lakshmi looked up to Gita and hoped to one day leave the hill side, and become the breadwinner of her family to replace the job of her stepfather. Lakshmi’s stepfathers greed and gambling problem is what led to her being sold, even though she is only thirteen years old. Her step father is willing to negotiate and put a price on her, “one thousand rupees” he says, as the city woman says “she has no hips, and she’s plain as porridge. I’ll give you 500 rupees.” Her stepfather settles at 800, half now and the rest after she “proves her worth”. The young girl is very confused with her step father because she knows she is a hard worker when it comes to chores, she doesn’t understand how her body effects the situation, while her step father knows exactly what he is doing. To him “a girl is only as good as a goat, good as long as she gives you milk and butter. But not worth crying over when it’s time to make a stew.” Lakshmi’s step father is a horrid terrible person, but in their culture, a boy is “more valuable” than a girl. If Lakshmi’s stepfather wouldn’t have been such a lazy asset to the family they wouldn’t have a financial...
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