Sold is the story of Lakshmi, a 13-year-old girl from a poor village in rural Nepal, who is sold into prostitution by her stepfather. Lakshmi thought she was going to a job as a housemate with a dream of sending money to her poor family. Instead, she finds herself trapped in a brothel with a huge debt to pay and there’s no way to escape.
I bought this book when I was in Nepal. My eyes caught with its yellow cover and there’s no way I can leave the country without buying it. Well, there’s no regret, I find the story seems interesting though I ended up with heartbreak. I was on the journey with Lakshmi, I was the one who betrayed by my stepfather, locked up in a room while waiting for some dirty men, and trying to keep my sanity to escape hell. I feel like I witnessed the dreadful first hand.
This book is being written in verse from the perspective of a 13-year-old girl which made the story more imaginable of what she must go through. It was a quick read, but it does pack with heavy words of child sex-trafficking, sexual, and physical abuse. There is some part of the verse slowly pacing down too, but nevertheless, it was well written.
The book sold my heart.