How can I avoid being sold into marriage or being sent away to work

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Sometimes a poor family will give a young daughter to an older man to pay a family debt. Or they may trade her for money or something the family needs.

Sometimes the girls are taken away to another town or city. They think they are going to work in factories, or as maids, but they are often forced to have sex for money.

If you think that you or another girl in your community is going to be sold into marriage, or sent away to work, try to get help from another adult. Perhaps an older aunt or uncle, or a woman teacher can help.

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