Sold By Patricia Mccormick

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250 million girls live in poverty today. The girl 's family will have to use their money to send the sons to school before sending the daughters because women lack the same power as men in these societies. Girls will have to resort to selling herself in order to support their family. Anyone can help by donating to these girls and their families. This will help them reach their full potential and shape the future, support global economies, and break the cycle of global poverty. Bringing attention to the situation also helps these girls get what they need. The author of Sold, Patricia McCormick was successful in her purpose of explaining to an American teenage audience how and why the cycle of human slavery present in the brothels exist. McCormick…show more content…
McCormick made the point that running away is not as much of an option because of the threats of being beaten if one chooses that option. When Lakshimi first arrives at the brothel she fights back when a customer tries to rape her. Mumtaz does not like this so she beats her to the point where her entire body was scared. Lakshimi is scared to run away because she was told that Mumtaz’s goons will catch her and bring her back to Mumtaz to get beaten again. Lakshimi compares Mumtaz to a monster when she says “Only a monster can do what [Mumtaz] does to innocent girls,” (McCormick 231).The protagonist has been in the brothel the longest and she’s seen girls get kicked to fend for themselves or kill themselves, but she is “... afraid to imagine a life outside this place,” (McCormick 208). From the beginning she is told Americans that ask her if she wants to leave the brothel is a trap, and will take them to Mumtaz for a beating. Lakshimi ends up trusting an American and escapes exposing the brothel. Patricia McCormick was successful in her purpose of explaining to an American teenage audience how and why the cycle of human slavery present in the brothels exist. Like said in the book, women are compared to goats meaning women suffer the lack of power. When the main character goes to work relates to how women have to sell themselves to support their family of their money problems. Lakshimi reaches out to an American to escape the life of prostitution, much like how other countries need the support to end prostitution from Developed
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