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Hope can be found in the darkest of times

July 22nd, 2020

“After the lockdown, we had no income and no food. My mother was planning to resume providing sexual favours to men. I couldn’t stop crying” said Shyamala. Seventeen-year-old Shyamala belongs to the Devadasi community, a marginalised section of society who take up sex work as their livelihood as part of an age-old tradition. Generations of women in the same family perform sexual favours to men, and this becomes their role in society.

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