we saw a lot of this when we were in Thailand - poor families who would sell a daughter - some as young as 10 - so that the rest of the family could have a better life. (what i later started to feel had been done to me.) they often sent them off to the city from a rural area - often pretended they did not know what kind of "work" the child was going to do.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself... And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - Paulo Coelho