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Retired SC judge Santosh Hegde approves of legalising prostitution and gambling; says vices can't be abolished by state
India

Retired SC judge Santosh Hegde approves of legalising prostitution and gambling; says vices can't be abolished by state

"It (prostitution) has become a regular profession now. It should be legalised and people (engaged in prostitution) should be licensed. Then alone there will be control over the system", Hegde said.

Karnataka minister asks sex workers to be termed 'oppressed women': Oppression can't be defined by class
India

Karnataka minister asks sex workers to be termed 'oppressed women': Oppression can't be defined by class

The women and child development minister of Karnataka has instructed officials to henceforth refer to all sex workers as “damanitra mahila”.

In Andhra Pradesh, residential schools emerge as a boon for daughters of sex workers fearing abuse
India

In Andhra Pradesh, residential schools emerge as a boon for daughters of sex workers fearing abuse

Daughters of numerous sex workers in Andhra Pradesh are escaping abusive surroundings by enrolling themselves in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas.

Andhra Pradesh may criminalise 'sex buying': Proposed law will skew balance of power against sex workers
India

Andhra Pradesh may criminalise 'sex buying': Proposed law will skew balance of power against sex workers

On the face of it, criminalising buying sex may sound like a good plan. But some sex workers’ rights activists working on the ground are extremely angry and concerned.

'Muktir Alo' aimed to economically liberate the women of Sonagachi. Did it succeed?
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'Muktir Alo' aimed to economically liberate the women of Sonagachi. Did it succeed?

Muktir Alo — launched with great optimism in 2016 — was supposed to provide the women of Sonagachi, Asia's largest red-light district, an alternative career in the film/TV industry. Nearly two years later, what has it achieved?

In Bengal, 77 percent of trafficked children lured into sex trade with good jobs as bait: Report
India

In Bengal, 77 percent of trafficked children lured into sex trade with good jobs as bait: Report

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

GST ke side effects in Sonagachi: Kolkata's sex workers hit by 12 percent tariff on sanitary pads
India

GST ke side effects in Sonagachi: Kolkata's sex workers hit by 12 percent tariff on sanitary pads

Kolkata: The 12 percent GST on sanitary napkins imposed under the new tax regime has put sex workers of Sonagachi, Asia's largest red light area, in a spot, threatening to put the clock back when they were averse to using the pads.

Drought-led migration is making girls prey to trafficking in Andhra Pradesh's Kadiri, pushing town towards HIV/AIDS
India

Drought-led migration is making girls prey to trafficking in Andhra Pradesh's Kadiri, pushing town towards HIV/AIDS

In Kadiri, a small town in the drought-affected Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh, hundreds of teenage girls left behind by migrant parents fall prey to human traffickers, who force them into flesh trade under the guise of a better life and job

Gujarat High Court ruling opens doors to legal changes, recognise rights of voluntary sex workers
India

Gujarat High Court ruling opens doors to legal changes, recognise rights of voluntary sex workers

The Gujarat High Court in its latest judgment provided a caveat that in cases where sex work is voluntary Section 370 of the Indian Penal Code would not apply, thus opening the doors to make more sustainable changes in the legal arena for sex workers

Gujarat HC criminalises visiting brothels: Ruling could lead to harassment of voluntary sex workers, affect livelihood
India

Gujarat HC criminalises visiting brothels: Ruling could lead to harassment of voluntary sex workers, affect livelihood

Although Indian law does not criminalise prostitution, by holding the customers/clients of sex workers liable to punishment under Section 370 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956, the Gujarat High Court has threatened the livelihood of sex workers in brothels

SC ruling that sex workers can’t cry rape is dictated by morality not legal reasoning
India

SC ruling that sex workers can’t cry rape is dictated by morality not legal reasoning

This thinking also leaves sex workers no representation over a criminal law against rape that should apply to them, in spite of what they do for a living.

Watch: This Imtiaz Ali short film is a masterclass in smart, non-judgmental filmmaking
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Watch: This Imtiaz Ali short film is a masterclass in smart, non-judgmental filmmaking

It's a simple film, with an interesting concept. That's Imtiaz Ali for you, ladies and gents.

Our demands have not been fulfilled, say unhappy sex workers in West Bengal; want concrete steps this poll season
India

Our demands have not been fulfilled, say unhappy sex workers in West Bengal; want concrete steps this poll season

As West Bengal prepares to vote in a few days, sex-workers in the state despair over the unfulfilled promises made to them by political parties in the preceding elections and say they want "concrete" measures this time.

Maharashtra sex workers survive on one meal a day to donate Rs 1 lakh for Chennai aid
India

Maharashtra sex workers survive on one meal a day to donate Rs 1 lakh for Chennai aid

Sex workers from Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district dipped into their savings and survived on just one meal a day to collect Rs 1 lakh as a donation towards relief work in rain-ravaged Chennai.

Pilot projects for single-window help to sex workers proves successful
Life

Pilot projects for single-window help to sex workers proves successful

Two pilot schemes to help sex workers access basic government schemes have worked well, It is time to scale them up.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis supports Vivek Oberoi's ONE Foundation event
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Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis supports Vivek Oberoi's ONE Foundation event

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, who has been involved in many social causes in the past, will soon build a centre that will provide shelter, education, food and healthcare to the daughters of Mumbai’s sex workers.

Amnesty International votes in favor of decriminalising sex trade
World

Amnesty International votes in favor of decriminalising sex trade

Amnesty International on Tuesday voted in favour of adopting a policy supporting the decriminalisation of prostitution in the face of intense criticism over the highly controversial move.

Kiran Bedi or Kejriwal: It doesn't really make a difference for Delhi's sex workers
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Kiran Bedi or Kejriwal: It doesn't really make a difference for Delhi's sex workers

Come elections, leaders of all parties make a beeline for infamous prostitutes lane which they would avoid in normal times.