Officially the slave trade is banned in India for that matter all over the world. But the laws that exist on paper are flouted as the guiding principle is poverty. As with all trade a commodity sells when buyers are available. It is a classic case of need coupled with supply and demand. One of the commodities in great demand is young girls from Bangladesh and Nepal. Great poverty in these 2 nations has spawned a trade in girls. Nepalese girls fetch a higher price as they are fair and considered better than Bangladesh girls, who are darkish. Given the fetishin the sub continent for fairness, it is obvious that Nepal girls fetch a higher price. The price of a girl also depends on age and other factors. Virgins are the highest priced. What I write is a fact. The market for Nepal girls is at Siliguri in North Bengal. I was able to visit this bazaar where the girls are traded. Men folk from Nepal actively sell the girls. A BEAUTIFUL Nepali virgin can fetch a very high price. It could touch 50 thousand rupees. Once girl is sold, the buyer can keep her as maid, bed mate, maid or anything. He can also sell her later. Girls from Bangladesh are more in number and cheaper. Generally they are however more loyal. Small illegal bazaars exist close to Kolkata. Once girl is bought she is fed and clothed by the owner. I remember meeting a man at Kancharapara who was about 50 and had 3 Bangladesh girls working as maids and sleeping with him as well. He boasted all 3 were virgins. A question that must arise is as to what the police do? They try their best, but plenty of black sheep are there. The trade thus goes on merrily.