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The red-light area at Delhi’s GB Road is slowly getting back to business, after suffering an unprecedented hit on account of the novel coronavirus.
Study by Asha Care Trust included 300 respondents in Budhwar Peth, India’s third-largest red-light area housing nearly 3,000 sex workers in around 700 brothels.
The proposed legislation includes punishment for trafficking for forced labour and marriage but neglects trafficking for sexual exploitation and organ trade.
Top official of NACO, under health ministry, writes to social justice ministry, asking for these people to be included in social protection schemes.
Sex workers don't expect business to resume for many months as Covid-19 means social distancing at all times.
Nevada’s brothels are still open though they’re taking precautions. The Nevada Brothel Association said workers are already subjected to weekly health tests.
Supporters argue that when sex work is legalised, violence against women declines. But skeptics argue that prostitution erodes the moral fabric of society.
Activists, sociologists slam minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s remarks, accuse him of being insensitive to the plight of thousands of sex workers.