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07/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Indian Sex Workers Study Karate (VIDEO)

The BBC reports that sex workers in southern India have responded to abuse and mistreatment by taking up a new skill: karate. There are reportedly nearly 3 million sex workers in India. "A thug once stripped me of my clothes and told me to run naked," one sex worker told the BBC. "From now on, I think nobody can do that to me. I will kick him."

The women say they were so fed up with abuse that they approached a local community group for help.

The organisers hope the course in the ancient self-defence technique sends a message that violence against sex workers must stop.

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