High School General Assembly 4
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Wife selling is the practice of a husband selling his wife and may include the sale of a female by a party outside a marriage. Wife selling have numerous purposes throughout the practice's history; and the term "wife sale" is not defined in all sources relating to the topic. Sometimes, a wife was sold by a husband to a new husband as a means of divorce, in which case sometimes the wife was able to choose who would be her new husband, provided she chose within a certain time period, and especially if the wife was young and sexually attractive. In some societies, the wife could buy her own way out of a marriage or either spouse could have initiated this form of divorce. Reducing a husband's liability for family support and prenuptial debts was ano...