Eight sex workers enter into wedlock
A dozen other girls from the same village were betrothed to prospective suitors at the gathering. For Sarania community, a denotified tribe (DNT), prostitution is not only tradition but also the only mean for living.
For Sarania women, flesh trade has been a norm for generations. For all women of the community, which has roots in Rajasthan, prostitution is a currency, while the male members act as pimps and bring clients to their wives and daughters.
"Eight girls got married in a traditional Gujarati wedding. While 12 others got engaged who will get married afterwards in 1-2 years," said Mittal Patel, the coordinator of NGO Vicharta Samuday Samarthan Manch (VSSM).
The social organisation has been working with Sarania community for over five years. It is for VSSM`s efforts that the mass-marriage has been possible in the village.
Marriage or engagement of a girl in this community means that she cannot be forced into flesh trade.