Prostitutes of God - India

Illegal religious system fuels India's booming sex trade

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Behind a nation being rapidly developed and globalized lies a society where religion, superstition and old traditions still validate sex trafficking. This report exposes the sordid Devadasi tradition.

Traditionally the Devadasi were highly respected girls who dedicated themselves to the goddess Yellamma. However, over time prostitution became a part of their vocation and is now forced upon them."Their families think if they get a female chld, 'Ok, how can we work this liability into an asset?'". Today's horrifying result is a system that exploits religious belief to turn children into sex slaves. "I never thought whoring would become my profession", one girl cries.

March 2012