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What A Monsoon Looks Like

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Photographer Mike Olbinski takes us to the Arizona desert where he captured stunning views of rain and lightning storms.
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This is what a monsoon looks like. It destroys things after all the heavy rains.

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The Place Where The Clients go

The Place Where The Clients go | Sold India | Scoop.it
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This picture shows what they girls that ere sold into prostitution have to live in and take care of their clients day in and day out. The rooms that they live in are strictly for the girl and her client. The girls live somewhere else I believe.

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Article- Monsoons

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In this article, they are talking about monsoons and what they do and the destruction and devastation that it causes. in the article it had stated, "The city was on edge, blistering hot and waiting for the skies to open. Finally, like it does every year, the monsoon arrived. Mumbaikars rejoiced in the streets last week as the city welcomed the First Rains, referred to in India like a proper noun. But the monsoon is not all hot chai and onion bhajias. It also wreaks havoc, bringing with it the potential for floods, train disruptions, endless traffic, damaged buildings and an increase in diseases like malaria and dengue" (Hanna Ingber Win 2010). This is talking about the fact that the monsoons are good for awhile but they also cause a lot of problems. Monsoons are a good and a bad thing. they can help in the beginning because usually what happens is that the rain falls and everyone is happy for awhile and then the rain never stops which cause crops and the destruction of the cities.

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Map of Nepal, India

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This is Nepal, India, where my book was set. Nepal is located among the southern slopes of the Himalayan Mountains in South Central Asia. It is bound by China to the North and India to the East.

 

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Sold by Patricia McCormick

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In Sold, the was a 13 year old girl named Lakshmi who lived with her family in the mountains. Her family included, her stepfather, Ama, and her little baby brother. Her family was super poor and when a monsoon hits and her family's crops are not able to produce enough food to sell so Lakshmi's stepfather said that she had to go "work" in the city and make money and send it back home. Her stepfather has a major gambling problem and is part of the reason they have no money. So Lakshmi goes to the city with her "Auntie Bimla" which isn't
really her aunt. She brings her to "Happiness House" which is really a
place for girls to live in and become prostitutes against most of their
 will. The head lady is Mumtaz and she has a very strict way of making the girls do as they are told. she beats them, starves them and sometimes drugs them to make them go to sleep so she can keep them "working". Lakshmi is very resistant at first and she finds herself in a small room getting beaten everyday until she finally gets it that Mumtaz isn't letting her go. Lakshmi is sexually abused by different men night after night. She befriends some girls in the house and she becomes fairly attached to a boy named Harish who teaches her new words in a different language. Lakshmi gets an American man who came to her room and instead of bedding her, he just held her. That act made Lakshmi think that everything in the world isn't that bad, that things might actually work out and that she could go home. She has been trying to keep how much she makes every night so she can keep track of hoe much she thinks she owes Mumtaz, but Mumtaz keeps adding things on like the electricity bill, food, new clothes, and all the pills that the girls take to keep themselves clean and not to get pregnant.

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"Born Into Brothels"

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This video is about children that are born into brothels because their mother are considered prostitutes. It shows how the kids are treated and what the mothers have to do with the children.

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Anti-Prostitution Pledge  |  The Issues  |  PEPFAR Watch

Anti-Prostitution Pledge  |  The Issues  |  PEPFAR Watch | Sold India | Scoop.it
PEPFAR encourages abstinence, opposes prostitution, and supports a comprehensive prevention strategy in the effort to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
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On this website, the organization had put on the overview, "Current law requires all organizations that receive PEPFAR funding to have a policy that explicitly opposes prostitution and sex trafficking. This policy, known as the anti-prostitution pledge, or the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath (APLO), has been shown to have a negative impact on prevention efforts because it undermines the most effective approaches to working with sex workers. Sex workers are among the most marginalized people in any society and often lack access to social and health support systems – while being at increased risk of HIV infection. Their rights to access health care and to be free from violence are frequently violated, making it essential that organizations work with them non-judgmentally." (Anti-Prostitution 2014) The message from this quote is that the people at PEPFAR are trying to get girls who are working as sex slaves out of the business. Their mission is to get them all out and get them able to go back to their homes.

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Article- "The Festival of Lights"

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This reference source is about Diwali  which is a festival that is celebrated by putting oil or ghee, lamps, wax candles, and sometimes colored electric bulbs around the house and setting off firecrackers during the night. The goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is worshiped at night. Houses are cleaned and painted, and colored decorations hang on the doorways and courtyards to welcome the goddess. The trader community begins the new financial year after Diwali. This is celebrated during October and November. In the article, it had stated, "According to popular stories about the origins of this ancient festival, diyas are lit to welcome Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and his brother Lakshmana to their kingdom of Ajodhya (former city in northern India) after a fourteen-year exile. Another story is that Diwali is observed to commemorate Krishna's killing of the demon Narakasura and the rescue of 16,000 women held captive by him. In southern India, Diwali celebrates the killing of the demon Hiranyakashipu by Vishnu in the form of a man-lion." (Panda 2002). This quote is talking about the different stories that go along with the festival of lights. The myths of why and how it came to be.

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Diwali

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This reference source is about Diwali  which is a festival that is celebrated by putting oil or ghee, lamps, wax candles, and sometimes colored electric bulbs around the house and setting off firecrackers during the night. The goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is worshiped at night. Houses are cleaned and painted, and colored decorations hang on the doorways and courtyards to welcome the goddess. The trader community begins the new financial year after Diwali. This is celebrated during October and November. In the article, it had stated, "According to popular stories about the origins of this ancient festival, diyas are lit to welcome Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and his brother Lakshmana to their kingdom of Ajodhya (former city in northern India) after a fourteen-year exile. Another story is that Diwali is observed to commemorate Krishna's killing of the demon Narakasura and the rescue of 16,000 women held captive by him. In southern India, Diwali celebrates the killing of the demon Hiranyakashipu by Vishnu in the form of a man-lion." (Panda 2002). This quote is talking about the different stories that go along with the festival of lights. The myths of why and how it came to be.

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Sex for Sale: Prostitution

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Prostitution is as old as history itself. Are prostitutes always victims or do some control their work and even enjoy the sex?
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This documentary talks about how girls in India are being sold into prostitution for money to help their families get by. Most of the girls start very young, like 12 or 13. This is a very usual thing to do in that part of India. Most of the girls are forced to stay until they can pay off the debt that they owe their "owners" for buying them. This usually takes the girls multiple years, or until they are 18 and then they can work for themselves and keep all the earnings that they make each time they bring men in their rooms. The girls live in brothels. Which is just a bunch of little huts for the girls to bring men into their rooms. In the video, the narrator had said, "In a country where nearly sixty million people live on a less than a dollar a day, many women see prostitution as an economic necessity. In fact the law allows unemployed women over eighteen to apply for permission to work as a prostitute. Although legal, Bangladeshi society still treats these women as outcasts. Prostitution is closely related to the notion of two concepts called "purity" and "pollution" which originally come from Hindu culture." In this part of the world sex slavery is a good thing economically. It helps their families get out of poverty some. these girls don't know another way. But it is interesting to know that its legal to go and sell yourself into prostitution. I don't think that it should be legal ever for any reason. Girls shouldn't have to think of themselves as a plaything for some random guy to be able to control and do whatever they want with them.This documentary talks about how girls in India are being sold into prostitution for money to help their families get by. Most of the girls start very young, like 12 or 13. This is a very usual thing to do in that part of India. Most of the girls are forced to stay until they can pay off the debt that they owe their "owners" for buying them. This usually takes the girls multiple years, or until they are 18 and then they can work for themselves and keep all the earnings that they make each time they bring men in their rooms. The girls live in brothels. Which is just a bunch of little huts for the girls to bring men into their rooms. In the video, the narrator had said, "In a country where nearly sixty million people live on a less than a dollar a day, many women see prostitution as an economic necessity. In fact the law allows unemployed women over eighteen to apply for permission to work as a prostitute. Although legal, Bangladeshi society still treats these women as outcasts. Prostitution is closely related to the notion of two concepts called "purity" and "pollution" which originally come from Hindu culture." In this part of the world sex slavery is a good thing economically. It helps their families get out of poverty some. these girls don't know another way. But it is interesting to know that its legal to go and sell yourself into prostitution. I don't think that it should be legal ever for any reason. Girls shouldn't have to think of themselves as a plaything for some random guy to be able to control and do whatever they want with them.

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