F rom the ground level , Garstin Bastion Road looks like any other bustling commercial street in New Delhi, the capital of India. It is lined with vendors selling fresh fruit and cold drinks, auto-rickshaw drivers waiting for customers, and a slew of electronics and hardware stores. By night, however, it is a bustling market for something entirely different—sex work. The upper levels of the multistoried buildings host an extensive network of brothels.
Indian sex workers vent fury over law they fear will promote harassment
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Gauri Dobe, a sex worker turned safe-sex advocate, in her one-room apartment in Mumbai, India. Photo taken on 28 December Gauri Dobe vividly remembers the last day of her childhood. It was a summer afternoon, and she had just finished devouring some mangoes. Although teenage Gauri was nervous, she was also excited to leave her village in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh for the first time. That was 25 years ago. Today Gauri works in the same place she arrived all those years ago, a brothel in a town called Bhiwandi on the outskirts of Mumbai.
Sex workers in India want prostitution to become legal
The Trafficking of Persons Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation bill , which is set to become law after being passed last month by parliament, seeks to prevent, rescue and rehabilitate people who have been trafficked. But sex workers based in one of the brothels of GB Road in the Indian capital said the bill made no distinction between women who are trafficked and coerced into sex work, and those who choose to do it. What about my freedom to choose? Most of the money she earns goes back to her family in the village. I do sex work because I have two children, parents and two brothers to support.
Potential harm: Detractors fear legalising the sex trade would fuel the trafficking of women and children. Photo: Reuters. Potential harm: India's sex works are seeking to decriminalise their profession but detractors fear that legalising the sex trade would fuel the trafficking of women and children. Soliciting is illegal in India along with running a brothel and pimping, but the law, an archaic throwback to British colonial times, is vague on prostitution itself.