epa03141418 A young Indian woman, soon to be bride looks on during a mass marriage and engagement ceremony in Vadia village, around 250 km of Ahmedabad, India, 11 March 2012. Vadia village in the northern district of Banaskantha has a notorious reputation where girls as young as 12 are forced into the flesh trade by their own families. The Saranias were once singers and dancers at the residences of local rulers, but the women went on the game after India's independence in 1947. Prostitution has thrived ever since in the village because the sex workers' daughters have been considered unsuitable for marriage but 21 women and girls are to be married or engaged in ceremonies that could well end the social oppression, with the help of NGO's and local government who has also backed the move and promised rehabilitation programmes to improve the women's and girls' lives.
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