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* AdaptationalBadass: Lakshmi in the novels is a more passive character, ultimately being rescued by police. The film has her plan her own escape, even training herself to chew and spit red chillies as a defense method.


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* DrivenToSuicide: Lakshmi contemplates jumping off the roof of the brothel during her first few weeks there.

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* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Averted with Mumtaz (the brothel's madam) and Bimla (who tricks the girls into coming to Kolkata by offering them work as household maids).

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* JustAStupidAccent: The main characters should be speaking mostly Nepali and Bengali, but the film has them dialoguing almost entirely in English.

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* KickTheDog: pretty much the entirety of Lakshmi's first few weeks at the brothel.

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* BasedOnATrueStory: Sophia, the American humanitarian photographer, is loosely based on real-life photographer Lisa Kristine.


The book itself is fictional, though [=McCormick=] [[ShownTheirWork reportedly traveled to India and Nepal]] to interview girls in the red-light district, as well as girls rescued from the sex trade.

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The book itself is fictional, though [=McCormick=] [[ShownTheirWork reportedly traveled to India and Nepal]] to interview girls in the red-light district, as well as girls rescued from the sex trade.trade.

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!! ''Sold'' features examples of:
* AdaptationalHeroism: In the novel, Lakshmi is rescued during a raid on the brothel. In the film, she successfully escapes on her own and then leads the police to raid the brothel, rescuing the other girls being held there.
* WouldHurtAChild: Many of the girls being kept as sex slaves are young teenagers.


''Sold'' is a novel written by Patricia McCormick. It tells the story of Lakshmi, a 13-year-old girl living in Nepal, who is is [[TitleDrop sold]] into the [[TheOldestProfession sex trade]] by her stepfather to pay for gambling debts.

The book itself is fictional, though McCormick [[ShownTheirWork reportedly traveled to India and Nepal]] to interview girls in the red-light district, as well as girls rescued from the sex trade.

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''Sold'' is a novel written by Patricia McCormick.[=McCormick=]. It tells the story of Lakshmi, a 13-year-old girl living in Nepal, who is is [[TitleDrop sold]] into the [[TheOldestProfession sex trade]] by her stepfather to pay for gambling debts.

The book itself is fictional, though McCormick [=McCormick=] [[ShownTheirWork reportedly traveled to India and Nepal]] to interview girls in the red-light district, as well as girls rescued from the sex trade.

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''Sold'' is a novel written by Patricia McCormick. It tells the story of Lakshmi, a 13-year-old girl living in Nepal, who is is [[TitleDrop sold]] into the [[TheOldestProfession sex trade]] by her stepfather to pay for gambling debts.

The book itself is fictional, though McCormick [[ShownTheirWork reportedly traveled to India and Nepal]] to interview girls in the red-light district, as well as girls rescued from the sex trade.

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