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Young girls enjoy a spinning game in their hostel at the Rescue Foundation, a non-governmental organization founded to rescue young girls from brothels in and around Mumbai, India. The Rescue Foundation houses over 50 rescued girls at a time and some of them are Devadasis from the nearby "Devadasi belt" in Northern Karnataka. Most are under the age of 18 . Many of the girls suffer from some form of post-traumatic stress syndrome. One girl doesn't speak while another tried to commit suicide by setting herself on fire while still at a brothel.

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Julia Cumes
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God's Prostitutes--Investigating India's Devadasi System
Young girls enjoy a spinning game in their hostel at the Rescue Foundation, a non-governmental organization founded to rescue young girls from brothels in and around Mumbai, India.  The Rescue Foundation houses over 50 rescued girls at a time and some of them are Devadasis from the nearby "Devadasi belt" in Northern Karnataka. Most are under the age of 18 . Many of the girls suffer from some form of post-traumatic stress syndrome.  One girl doesn't speak while another tried to commit suicide by setting herself on fire while still at a brothel.