Prostitutes of God (Documentary)




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Some parents in India practice the Devadasi tradition, selling their daughters into a life of prostitution, often around the age of 10.

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We traveled to the Indian city of Sangli to meet a group of bolshy sex workers selling their bodies in the name of the Hindu Goddess Yellamma. Local sex worker Anitha invites us for lunch in her brothel; shows us her homemade “sex rooms,” and tells us what it’s like to be a religious prostitute in modern India.

Afterwards we cross the border into Karnataka into the heartlands of the ancient Devadasi tradition to uncover the mystery of the Goddess Yellamma, and find out how a religious icon became a justification for child prostitution. We meet two teenage Devadasis, Mala and Belavva, to talk sex, saris, and how they cope with the deadly threat of HIV.

A dancing transvestite Devadasi steals the limelight in the next phase of our journey, as we travel deeper into the murky world of temple prostitution. He invites us for chai, gives our host a manicure, and teaches us a few tricks of the trade. We explore the home of the most celebrated Devadasi brothel madam in the business to find out how she lures the next generation of girls into the sex trade.

For the grand finale we went to the annual full moon festival in Saundatti, the most prestigious event in the Devadasi calendar. The colour, dancing and celebrations of the festival disguise the darkness of its underlying purpose: child sex trafficking. Here traffickers, pimps and brothel madams come from all over India to recruit young girls and boys into the sex trade in the name of the Goddess Yellamma. On our way home, we are invited to a remote mud hut to meet two older Devadasi women a mother and daughter who reflect back on their lives and ask the question: what kind of religion turns parents into pimps and their children into prostitutes?

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22 Comments

  1. Saf Mustafa
    May 7, 2018
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    I feel so bad really there are people living like those people in this video and we are in 2018

  2. srishti sarkar
    May 7, 2018
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    Y do all foreigners find the poorest and dirtiest places to go to?
    Y don't they go to the historic monuments that hold actual indian heritage?
    This video doesn't define India!

  3. rhgd2000
    May 7, 2018
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    Whoa, "eating off banana leaves"? We ate off banana leaves it's a normal thing in the south, and we still do it at weddings. Get your racism right lady.

  4. Grimm REAPER
    May 7, 2018
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    just like the Jewish Talmud this is another case of parents allowing their children to be defiled because of their blind religious faith…

  5. fillevans
    May 7, 2018
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    I will not understand why people dislike these documentaries, ​especially on this channel. Just cause you don't like what you see other people do in other countries doesn't take away all the hard work time that goes into making these films.

  6. Terry Harris
    May 7, 2018
    Reply

    They should come to come America and work at 7/11

  7. Paul Williams
    May 8, 2018
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    17:37 that girl can’t suck dick

  8. Chop StickGaming
    May 8, 2018
    Reply

    Gucci?

  9. Ja'Nasia Price
    May 8, 2018
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    I had to stop watching because the reporter is beyond rude and disgusting.

  10. Jamane Ma Raas Hollington
    May 8, 2018
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    Head wobble

  11. Unown
    May 8, 2018
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    Continuing the strong traditions of British journalists. AHHH

  12. MineCraftPETutorials
    May 9, 2018
    Reply

    VICE subtle as always with their offensive reporters.

  13. Mara 0'Quinn
    May 10, 2018
    Reply

    Another demon God

  14. Mich Tsomething
    May 10, 2018
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    his wagging his head when he talks is really irritating… 12 yrs old and made to be a prostitute sickening

  15. THOT HUNTER
    May 10, 2018
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    Oh my gosh…the grandma and her tears right after the frame of the little girl.

  16. Tink Ie
    May 10, 2018
    Reply

    Why is it when they speak they move their kecks back and forth? Even the gay men do it…

  17. LT_StubbornKid W
    May 10, 2018
    Reply

    Everybody is in France lol

  18. LT_StubbornKid W
    May 10, 2018
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    6:40 WTF

  19. Amy Swiney
    May 10, 2018
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    I'm sorry but I felt more sad for the dog 7:57 than anything or anyone else in this whole video.

  20. alabanzarobert
    May 10, 2018
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    Gang rapist, cow piss drinker, and the filthiest of the world's poor. Fucking India.

  21. Shawna J
    May 11, 2018
    Reply

    I can smell it all through my phone

  22. vishal kaim
    May 11, 2018
    Reply

    Being an Indian I never knew about this ugly side of the religion I'm really hate it.

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