Seventy-seven percent of the children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Kolkata are lured into the sex trade with the promise of a good job
The proposal by the National Commission for Women (NCW) for legalising prostitution is perhaps one of the most progressive reformative steps that Independent India has undertaken.
Requesting anonymity, a brothel owner comments, “It’s good that Sibalji has come and assured us of help, but we don’t know what his party manifesto has for us. His visit would be worthwhile only if he also does something concrete for us, like he announced a few schemes for us in the past.”
Retired sex workers from Asia's largest red-light district of Kolkata's Sonagachi, who are forced to live a life of penury after falling out of favour with customers because of advanced age, would soon be rehabilitated in a new home.