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For a child in India born into poverty, the odds are stacked against them

With little or no opportunities for upward social mobility, they are taken advantage of and often forced into these scenarios:

Adolescent Marriage

Poor Indian girls are often sold off into marriage by their families and end up enduring severe abuse, rape, and exploitation by their husbands.1

Child Labor

According to the 2011 national census of India, it was discovered that there are about 10 million child laborers, aged 5–14.2

Low-level Schooling

It is estimated that at least 35 million, but possibly as many as 60 million, children aged 6–14 years are currently not attending school.3

Sex Trafficking

It is estimated that 1 out of 4 victims of human trafficking are children.4

1. Anand, A 2014, ‘India’s bride trafficking fuelled by skewed sex ratios’, The Guardian, 17 December. Available from: 2. Source:—dgreports/—dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_575479.pdf 3. “The Challenges for India’s Education System” (PDF). Source: Chatham House. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 4. Source:

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