"Burned Alive" by Souad is about a girl who get pregnant before she is married and her brother ends up burning her alive. Despite the fact that 70% of her body was burned she still survived the attack and is currently alive to tell her story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Not only is it an inspiring book, it also relates to “Sold” by Patricia McCormick because men are dominant in their society as well. So as you read the book you will realize that there are a lot of similarities between the two books.
This article talks article focuses on real life situations of girls who are sold into brothels. It talks about this 15 year old girl named Randa (Fictitious name). Her father decided to sell her to a brothel. She went straight to a brothel. He did it because apparently he couldn’t support his family of seven on a construction workers salary. But Randa was one of the lucky ones because she escaped and didn’t owe anything to anyone. Girls that are thrown in brothels usually have interesting backgrounds for example Randa, her father and uncle tried to sexually abuse her. Most of them have been abused or sexually abused.
Similarly, in the book “Sold” by Patricia McCormick, Lakshmi and Randa’s story are quite similar. Both of their fathers’ sold them to brothels. “In 36.5% of the cases the fathers are the ones initiate the girls.” Both of their cases are obviously not rare they are actually quite common. Another similarity was the fact that they both escaped. That is not common at all. Only difference was that Lakshmi wasn’t sexually abused. All of these horrible things happen to these innocent girls. “Most of the girls are single or divorced, recruited by their close circle (family or neighbors).
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In the documentary “Born into Brothels”, the story is about a young woman who tries to break the circle of their lifestyle. The men end up taking drugs, drinking and selling alcohol and last but not least gambling. The women end up in prostitution regardless of whether they are married or not. This young woman wants them to venture out and see something different because the kids fall into the same patterns. Many kids don’t want to fall into the same cycle but they can’t do anything to stop it. Zana Briski tries to show the kids that there is a way out. She wants to show them a new life through a different type of lens. She gives each child a camera so that they can explore different angles and different shots. When she prints the pictures, she asks them to analyze them. They share their thoughts and feelings about their work. That’s something the children never get to do at home because they are neglected by their parents. The parents are too busy with work and their daily activities to care about their children’s feelings.
As mentioned before the children are not exposed to other things much. In the book “Sold” by Patricia McCormick, the main character Lakshmi used to dream about life outside of her village. “On those nights I lie restless in the sleeping loft, wondering what the world is like beyond my mountain home.”(Page 9, McCormick). This shows that children from all over the west bank are struggling to imagine life outside their villages. In America, we have the privilege to go out and try new things, look at different things. Each region in America is different. The cultures and traditions for each state are different. Whereas in the west bank, the mentality and thinking is very concrete meaning it doesn’t seem to change. So along with the thinking and mentality, their lifestyles don’t seem to change as well. For example, mens lifestyles consist of drinking in the morning and being with women in the afternoon. In the book “Sold”, Lakshmi’s father is a representation of all the men who do as they please and don’t provide for their families. “Most of the men his age leave home for months at a time, taking jobs at factories or on work crews far away. But no one, he says, will hire a one armed man. And so he oils his hair, puts on his vest and a wristwatch that stopped telling time long ago and goes up the hill each day to play cards, talk politics and drink tea with the men.” (Page 8, McCormick) He truly represents the men around the west bank area and how they act and think.
The book “Sold” by Patricia McCormick is about a girl named Lakshmi. She lives with her step- father, mom and a little infant brother. She lives in a small village in Nepal. Most of the people in her village have tin roofs. She doesn’t have one because her step -father drinks and gambles all their money away. Instead of supporting his family, he spends money on himself and leaves the family with nothing. Eventually, she gets tired of watching her step- father spend money on him self and so she wants to take action. She asks her mom if she could go to the city and work for a wealth family. Her mom doesn’t agree but her step- father wants to reap the benefits. He sends his daughter to the city knowing that she’s not going to work as a maid but to work as a sex salve. Once Lakshmi realizes that she has to work as a prostitute and not as a maid, she tries to starve herself so that she can go home and earn money the right way. But unfortunately, she isn’t able to get out due to many circumstances. The first reason is the fact that she was sold for a very high value and now she has to pay her boss, Mumtaz, back with interest. As time passes on, she realizes that no matter how many calculations she kept, there was no way out of there. The girls in the brothel told Lakshmi to watch out for the “American men” they pretend to help you get out of the place but instead they just push you to the street and humiliate you. Eventually, Lakshmi meets an American man that actually wants to help her. The story leaves us hanging because we don’t know for sure but we can only assume that she was saved because in the end, help did come.
The five scopes I chose for this book were the following: brothels, prostitution, sex slavery, border crossing, and children growing up in brothels. Sex slavery is growing increasingly fast. It has to do with the lack of security at the borders. In the book, Lakshmi just had to confirm that the strange man was her husband. “The border man points to the paper and asks me, “Is this your husband?” I curl my toes inside my new shoes and say yes. The man places a hand on his hip, and I wait for him to shoot me for this lie. But he simply walk on to the next cart.” (Page 79, McCormick). This shows that there is absolutely no extensive type of investigation or questioning. Due to the lack of security at the borders, sex slavery has increased tremendously. Places like Nepal have low literacy rates, so because of that, people don’t have an idea as to what happens in the cities let alone brothels. The sad part of it is the fact that the women have to suffer through so much, women are the people that are affected by this the most.
This article was about how human trafficking affects not only the village or city it is happening in. It affects everyone, which includes: the victims and society. This article talks about how sex slavery is against moral ethical values, and it’s also against the law. A huge contribution to sex slavery are the border officials and policemen. The reason why this is growing so rapidly is because the people who are supposed to stop all this are actually helping the traffickers. So not only is sex trafficking against moral and ethical values, it poses a serious threat to both the victims’ lives, and their customers as well. Human trafficking is almost like a twisted business and with all business there are benefits and disadvantages. The reason why some women don’t have a choice to leave the brothels is because it keeps the village or city going. The whole place depends on them for income therefore it makes it almost impossible for them to escape.
This idea of depending on brothels for income is portrayed in the book “Sold” by Patricia McCormick. The policemen that visited the brothels, were paid by the head of the brothel, Mumtaz, to keep quiet. Eventually the policemen depend on the income that Mumtaz gives. The article mentions that we need to make a group effort to reduce the rates of human trafficking because the people who need to stop it are actually involved. And the culture in the villages and cities prevents the women to go outside of their boundaries and try something new. In other words, once the women have babies and they are females, their mothers are most probably going to keep them in brothels and make money off of them. “Her mother gave it to her when she was young, so it would not hurt so much when she was with a customer. She says she used to hate it. But now she likes it too much” (Page 172, McCormick). This quote shows that the cycle of prostitution is one that is hard to break. Too many people depend on brothels in cultures like the one portrayed in the book “Sold”.
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