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29 Jun 2011 14:50 GMT
The Chaturbhuj-sthan brothel in Bihar, India is approximately 300 years old
For many there, prostitution has become a family tradition, passed down from generation to generation
But the latest generation is choosing to escape family traditions by getting an education
Naseema was the first girl from the brothel to get an education. She set up her own NGO called Parcham, which means flag
More than 50 former prostitutes now work for Parcham
Many girls have been trafficked to the town with promises of marriage, only to find themselves working in a brothel. But Parcham was able to send 20 trafficked girls back home last year
In June 2002, police raided the brothel, arresting many of the sex workers
During the raid, Naseema says women were touched inappropriately by the male police officers
Parcham(***)s initiatives help sex workers find alternative employment, like making candles, bindis and incense sticks to sell
Naseema and her colleagues hope the children of Chaturbhuj-sthan will be able to use the education they receive to escape the brothel
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