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Reports ‘Distress Sale’ Of Girls Contributes to Prostitution

May 4, 1987

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ Many girls from landless families in drought-prone regions are being sold into prostitution to help ease their parents’ financial problems, according to a report released Monday.

The Joint Women’s Program said a nationwide survey of 1,100 prostitutes indicated that one-third of the girls had been sold into prostitution by their parents or guardians.

It said such ″distress sales″ were most common in poverty-stricken areas, especially those frequently affected by drought. Thirteen of India’s 24 states are considered drought-prone zones.

The report was carrried in the The Times of India newspaper. It quoted Sister Rita Rozario, who conducted the survey, as saying the prices for the girls ranged from the equivalent of $80 to $4,000.

″Because of the lower status of women (in India), even if there is a choice between the sale of a girl or a boy, it is the girl who is dispensable,″ the report said.

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