Half the Sky Quotes

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
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I wasn’t even allowed to cry.... If even one tear fell, they would beat me. I used to think that it was better to die than to live like this. Once I jumped from the balcony, but nothing happened. I didn’t even break a leg.”
-- Meena Hasina (chapter 1 paragraph 9)

Importance: Meena Hasina was eight years old when she was kidnapped and trafficked in the sex industry. Her statement captures the horror of a child thrown into forced prostitution. Suicide is the only way out for most of these children.

Prostitution is inevitable. There has always been prostitution in every country. And what’s a young man going to do from the time when he turns eighteen until when he gets married at thirty.”
-- Border Guard (chapter 2 paragraph 8)

Importance: The border officer laughed when Nick Kristof suggested that sex traffickers could be arrested when trying to cross the border from Nepal to India. He defends the need for prostitution...

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