The Bachara are a tribe of people in the western part of Madhya Pradesh in central India. They are known for the tradition of child prostitution, with families making their first daughters, as children, into prostitutes to support the family. The tradition is centuries old and is still practiced today. The documentary film Highway Courtesans was made in 2004 about this tribe. Their customers mostly are the Truckers passing by the highway. Bachra women and their customers are subject to frequent extortion by the police for money. There have been very little efforts by the government for the welfare and upliftment of the tribe. They are looked upon with contempt by the other communities of the area.
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