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    Default Australia parents sold girl as sex slave

    Parents sold girl as sex slave | The Courier-Mail

    I don't think I'll ever understand how a parent could justify doing this to their child.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Reminds me of this story: Girl lost in poker game pleads for help.
    and this one. Man sold wife's kidney to buy tractor.
    and this one. Chinese womans needle ordeal

    Crap like this is why I dislike the world at large..
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    I don't want it, I just need it, to breathe, to feel, to know I'm alive.

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    Those are pretty bad, but I'm not all that surprised considering where they took place. As bad as the US seems to be at times, it's still a pretty good place to live.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    As bad as the US seems to be at times, it's still a pretty good place to live.
    I wouldn't know, longest period of time I've ever spent in the US consecutively is 3 months.

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    I guess my biggest issue is that, yes it may happen more in other places around the world, but it's part of their culture, and when they immigrate elsewhere they don't leave it behind. So it's starting to happen more and more over here.

    This kind of stuff is happening right here in Toronto.
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    I don't want it, I just need it, to breathe, to feel, to know I'm alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I don't think I'll ever understand how a parent could justify doing this to their child.
    What is a parent? What is a child? Where is the Universal Parental Code that parents are supposed to follow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering View Post
    What is a parent? What is a child? Where is the Universal Parental Code that parents are supposed to follow?
    Yes everyone has their own ideas as to just what a parent should and shouldn't do. There is no universal code other then the natural instinct to protect your offspring. And in some cultures the worth of a child can very well depend on the child's sex.

    Doesn't mean i have to agree with it. Nor does it mean they have to agree with my view on things. It's a cultural clash, and I just don't want to be associated with or anywhere near people like the above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    Doesn't mean i have to agree with it. Nor does it mean they have to agree with my view on things. It's a cultural clash, and I just don't want to be associated with or anywhere near people like the above.
    I feel the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering View Post
    I feel the same.
    I'll leave it at that as well.. This is an area of topic that could get ugly..
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    I got in a lot of trouble with another denizen here once for stating flatly that some cultures are simply better than others.

    I will go further here and say that this may well be a case in point. To the degree to which a culture allows a parent to sell a daughter for a sex slave, that culture is not as good as a culture which does not do such.

    Is that a unilateral value judgment on my part? Sure. But it's one with which I am comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering View Post
    What is a parent? What is a child? Where is the Universal Parental Code that parents are supposed to follow?
    The first two are easily defined. With the story in the OP, we're not even talking about another culture. They were Westerners, through and through. These people knew that society would punish them if they were caught.

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