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'It has not been easy.
We have been doing agriculture and farming castor seeds and now are earning more money.No woman wants to do this by choice.Social activists who organised and the funded 900,000 rupee event said securing the girls with future husbands would end Wadias flesh trade, but they added that more development was needed to ensure other girls did not become sex workers.The kind of price of escort tractor in india work that you talk about has stopped now, said Valiben Saraniya, whose 20-year-old niece was married.Editing by Karolina Tagaris, our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.Also the villagers of this village (even young boys) involved in crimes like road hold-up and small loots etc.Activists said the girls - who come from the Saraniya community, where women traditionally do not marry and work as prostitutes in nearby towns and cities - will now be able to break free of the profession of their mothers and lead normal, pious lives.By marrying and engaging these girls we have been able to break this culture.This will end this cycle.Hundreds of guests from surrounding villages and government officials gathered at the colourful event, which saw eight couples married and 13 others engaged in a huge marquee in Wadia village, 115 km (70 miles) west of Palanpur city in Gujarat.The pimps in the area were quite angry.
Along with her, several other girls defied the age-old way of life - bhukh (hunger) and dhando (trade).
As she pushed the walls, the community woke up to the idea of a community marriage.
If there is a husband, she wont be sold, said Mittal Patel from the Vicharta Samuday Samarthan Manch, a local charity that works to support Indias nomadic tribes.
They did not think they were doing anything wrong.
Adorned in gold jewellery and dressed in brightly coloured pink sequined skirts and blouses, the girls sat veiled on a raised platform in a long line next to their grooms and fiancés in golden turbans, as a Hindu priest chanted Vedic mantras.
'I was in the trade and now don't entertain clients anymore Joni Sarania said.
Saranias are one of the 28 nomadic communities in Gujarat with an approximate population of 50,000.Gujarat, which otherwise does not boast of any red-light areas, and flesh trade is a business which thrives underground.But it is uncivilised, indecent, said Vijay Bhatt, development officer for Banaskantha district, which Wadia village is part.Vora and other government officials attended the ceremony and presented gifts to the newlyweds.We want to pull it from its roots, said Ramesh Saraniya, whose 25-year-old sister and 22-year-old niece were wedded to local village men in the mass ceremony.It is happening for the good of our society.Poverty and lack of livelihood avenues had propelled Sarania women in Vadia village towards prostitution to keep their hearth burning.As many as seven girls tied the knot while 12 more got engaged in the village on Sunday.Their parents said their weddings would take place when they turn.Once they trusted us things began to move the NGO's chief Mittal Patel said.The Saraniyas women were entertainers for the feuding warlords in the then fragmented Gujarat and neighbouring state of Rajasthan, dancing and singing, as well as providing sexual pleasure for their employers.