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Published on Aug 10, 2010
By the time she was twelve, Kusum had experienced more suffering than anyone should have to endure in a lifetime. Her father, a violent alcoholic, would beat every member of the family with anything he had at hand—blows that eventually led to her mother's death.
Both of Kusum's older sisters had been sold to feed her father's addiction—and when she was just eight years old, Kusum was subjected to the same fate. Her father sold her to a carpet labor broker for the equivalent of just $14.