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WMC SheSource is an online database of media-experienced women experts who we connect to journalists, bookers and producers. With painted faces and shiny clothes, almost every day of their lives these women are forced to sell themselves for sex. Estimated by local NGOs at almost 4, inwomen live here in kothasor brothel centers. The dilapidated buildings, dark and gloomy stairways with paint peeling off the walls, and their blank eyes tell a story of neglect and exploitation.
There are approximately 20 to 25 such cabins in each brothel. All photos by Priyali Sur. In that room are her four sons, aged between 5 and 17, studying, playing, and watching TV, insulated from the harsh reality of prostitution. As if they have internalized this as part of their existence. Two slightly younger women also wait for customers in her kotha. As an old and a physically disabled man comes in, Tasleen leaves her sons and walks with him into a sort of cabin made of cardboard ading the room.
It is supposed to provide the semblance of privacy. The walls are hardly soundproof and there is just enough space to fit a bed. Pasted on the green walls of the cabin are posters of Bollywood film stars. About 15 minutes later, Tasleen walks out and sits down next to me. Her children still carry on with their work. If we Prostitute centres in delhi lucky, we get one customer a day and with no choice we have to give in to all their demands. Some of them want sex without condoms. The difficult lives of prostitutes here has given rise to a stronger demand for the complete legalization of prostitution in India.
The new law, Section of the Indian Penal Code, passed after the anti-rape protests in Delhi last year, has succeeded in criminalizing the traffickers and decriminalizing the women, but the old law—called the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, or ITPA, is still on the books.
ITPA criminalizes activities like soliciting sex, pimping, or running brothels. Aslam is a pimp but he is also associated with an NGO that is fighting for the rights of the sex workers. He says that before the year there was a free-flowing line of customers in each of the kothas. But now with a gang of pimps functioning allegedly hand-in-glove with the police, only 30 of the kothas are flourishing, while others are on the verge of shutting down.
Money is split between different stakeholders Prostitute centres in delhi these women are forced to sell themselves for sex. Krishnan thinks that legalizing prostitution is equal to legitimizing slavery. It is this normalization that makes women become spokespersons of these exploiters to demand for legalization. Between these demands and debates are the sex workers. Founder Khairati Lai Bhola says that apart from this, they have also demanded special educational centers and day care for children, pension for old sex workers, and, most important, a health card Prostitute centres in delhi would give the women the right to use medical facilities at a government hospital.
While not expressly forbidden from using hospitals, prostitutes are often ignored and left untreated.
Rabia is 65 years old, has lived for more than four decades on GB road, and has no family of her own. She recounts how a year ago she fell very ill and had constant vaginal bleeding. When she was rushed to the nearby government hospital called Girdharilal Maternity Hospital, she says, they refused to treat her. Rabia breaks down as she says the least that can be done for them is to give them medical facilities. Dressed in a yellow chiffon sari, with golden eye shadow lining her blue eyes, Rani lives in one of the 30 odd kothas that are doing well.
Yet she too has lost confidence in these elections. But behind a confident exterior lies the story of her life, carefully hidden from public view. She crumbles slightly when I ask her the disturbing question, How did she get here?
As I speak to her, I spot many minor Prostitute centres in delhi getting ready for the evening. And, according to BPUS, it is these flourishing kothas that indulge in trafficking and selling of minor girls. The girls I meet are mostly from Nepal and West Bengal—some are as young as The painted faces, pushup bras, and flimsy tops revealing their cleavage make them look much older than they really are.
Gosh has conducted at least rescues in the past two years. And yet at times we fail. You cannot even Prostitute centres in delhi the tunnels that have been created inside these brothels to hide the girls during the raid.
The NGOs say the police have to be taken into their confidence to make this work, but they accuse them of leaking information to the pimps and brothel owners before a raid.
The business of prostitution is rumored to thrive because of a profitable nexus between the police and brothel owner. Instead he sold me to a madam at GB Road. Every day I was forced to take at least 16 to 17 clients. I would get only 20 rupees less than half a dollar out of that. The men would ravage every inch of my body but I never let anyone kiss me. Most of them would abuse me, call me names during sexual intercourse.
I have never in my life heard such abuses. The five months I was there was like hell for me. I was finally rescued by an NGO. I just put my head down and walk away. What I really want is a job to support myself. Can the government help me? We were very poor and she told my father that she will get me a job in Delhi. We travelled by train from Kadappa in Andhra Pradesh to Delhi. For four years I was forced into prostitution. There were many other girls my age Prostitute centres in delhi were there without their will.
We were confined within the four walls of the kotha and would never be allowed to step outside. One of my regular customers fell in love with me. When I told him my story, he along with the police and an NGO Prostitute centres in delhi me. Today I am happily married to him and have a 9-month old daughter. I know not everyone gets lucky like me.
I often think about my friends still imprisoned there. It is like a jail. Very few girls are lucky enough to escape from the brothels of GB road. The few who are rescued find it almost impossible to survive outside. Meanwhile, the NGOs show statistics of rescued girls. Or does the government have any rehabilitation program for her? Seeing no way out, she mostly comes back to GB Road—this time willingly. Their requests for basic and essential needs such as being given health cards for medical care at government hospitals has been pending for a long time with the health ministry. Will the new government address these critical issues?
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