Desperate farmers sell wives, daughters

Dean Nelson; 16/5/09

Farmers in India made destitute by droughts blamed on climate change are selling their wives to brothels to pay off moneylenders. A succession of droughts compounded by flash floods in recent years have destroyed crops and ruined the soil, leaving farmers in debt to loan sharks. The growing number of farmers who have committed suicide to escape the shame has attracted concern but less attention has been paid to farmers handing their wives and daughters over to prostitution.