India's Lost Girls
In a major investigation for the BBC World Service, Natalia Antelava reports on how girls are abducted from poor parts of India like West Bengal and sold into a life of violence and abuse. They are taken by traffickers to wealthy areas like Haryana where they are in demand as brides, fulfilling a need created by the shortage of women, which many blame on sex-selective abortions.
Others end up in brothels in cities like Delhi. Natalia joins campaigners and police fighting the trade and hears the stories of the trafficked girls and their families.
Listeners may find some of the details of this report distressing.
Produced by Natalie Morton
(Image: Parents with photo of trafficked child in India) Copyright BBC