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Devadasis 6 February 2008
A devadasi in Karnataka
Temple prostitutes in India

It’s over 25 years since the centuries old tradition of devadasis- or temple prostitutes – was outlawed in India. And yet anti- slavery campaigners estimate that there are at least 25,000 devadasis in the southern state of Karnataka – formerly Mysore – alone. Kati Whitaker went to Karnataka to meet some of the women who’ve been ritually dedicated to the temple, and considers the challenges they face.
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