Twenty Girls Saved from Circus Slavery

“According to Lt. Col. Philip Holmes, who founded the charity in memory of his first wife, about 500 Nepalese children, mostly girls, are slaves in Indian circuses.

The girls are usually sold for about £70.

‘Probably the main factor is poverty,’ he said. ‘It has to be said there is also an element of greed, and some nasty parents are quick to off-load children from a previous marriage.’

‘I was sleeping when he came,’ said one 15-year-old girl. ‘He hit me on the back. He said that he would kill me, and then he raped me. If anyone came to know, he said that he would kill me.'”

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