SOLD #pisky


I found myself in a panel discussion on Thursday at the showing of this film in St Andrews.  The event was promoted by Childreach

It’s the story of a young Nepalese girl who is – so easily – persuaded to leave her family.  The promise is of work with a good family so that she can help her family to put a tin roof on their home to keep the rain out.  It happens over and over again.  Instead of the good family, she finds herself trafficked as a child prostitute in Kolkata.

The film was harrowing and violent.  Too much for some.  But we need to be reminded how easily this happens – how astonishingly easy it is to persuade a family in a hill village in Nepal to let go of their young daughter.  There are all sorts of other issues as well – I reflected on the campaign by the Anglican Communion Family Network to encourage birth registration.  Without birth registration, children can simply disappear or be trafficked or become child soldiers.

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