Child hierodulic servitude in India and Nepal

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Hierodulic child prostitution is a generic term which the Society uses to describe religiously-sanctioned child prostitution, and, specifically, those children engaged in religious cult prostitution known variously as aradhinis, basavis, bhavanis, bhogam-vandhis, devadasis, jjgateens, jogins (or jogatis), kalavanthulas, kudikars, maharis, muralis, natis and thevardiyars in India, and as deukis in Nepal. Although there are differences between these ancient institutions of cult prostitution, essentially they all involve parents dedicating their little daughters to a Hindu deity. The reasons for dedication may differ. The deukis, for instance, were girls who were offered by their parents as a sacrifice to appease the gods, or were purchased from their parents by wealthy worshippers and offered to the gods.

Traditional slavery in West Africa

Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Society estimates that there are 8,000 girl-slaves — slaves in the fullest sense of the term — in West Africa today. These girls are hierodulic slaves, combining the roles of agricultural slave, domestic slave, temple slave and sex slave. More...

2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor

Sunday, March 07, 2021

2021 is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor. More...