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Jogini are women forced into prostitution by a religious custom known as devadasi in India. Young girls are married to a local deity and afterwards it becomes their religious duty to provide sexual favors to the local men, usually those of the higher castes.

This religious practice was banned in 1988, but the law is not being enforced in all parts of India.

further reading

Atheist Center - Vijayawada, India. Scroll down to "Eradication of the Jogini System"

My Story as Devadasi: Entrenched Forced Prostitution

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