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Postby Aishwarya » Sun Aug 07, 2005 1:55 pm

Dear Readers,
We all have problems. We are all caught up in the rigmaroles of life, busy handling heart-aches and heart-breaks, busy writing poetry, busy trying to get in touch with our ex-flames and in trying to placate them, busy with our married life, busy in trying to device new ways to get laid, in trying to make money, busy in trying to forget our ex-flames by performing rituals - reading GITA, QURAN etc. - busy getting and giving more fundae on philosophy, busy eating food, exotic food, busy trying to get attention, busy working out - trying to stay healthy and getting a great body, busy writing blogs and posting stuff on discssion boards about heartaches and then spamming the whole discussion board, trying _ hard to be oblivious of pain and suffering around us and succeeding in the same. kudos!!! All of us are doing a great job at that - being busy.

NOW, I would greatly appreciate if you took three minutes off this busy schedule of yours and read what follows. After reading this, I know some of you will feel bad, go on long guilt trips and then forget about it, part of you will just yawn and then listen to some music and go to the restroom, most of you may not even read the whole thing at one go or not read it at all, but there will be a part who will read and decide to do something about it. ANYBODY in that category, please respond. MY mail address is aishwarya_rao at lycos dot com

LET'S DO SOMETHING.

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There are more than 23,00,000 Women in Prostitution (WIP) in India. Increasingly, women’s bodies are treated as a commodity. With a parallel increase in global pornography, sex tourism and associated activities, there has been an increase in demand for young girls. The epidemic of AIDS/HIV has further worsened the situation. It should be noted that after drugs & weapons, trafficking of women has become the third largest illegal trade, generating income to the traffickers of around $10 billion per year. Each year 7000 girls are trafficked from Nepal to India. 700,000 persons, primarily women, are trafficked across international borders (US Victims of Trafficking & Violence Protection Act, 2000).

In India, every day the trade of prostitution is being carried out by the nexus of pimps, procurers, brothel keepers and associated mafias with the backing of the police. Brothel prostitution is invariably forced prostitution, and the major supply factors are poverty, unequal gender relations (e.g. widows, divorcees, fake marriages etc.), physical coercion (kidnapping) and family traditions – as in Bedia, Nat, Gandharva, Dehradar and other communities. In the family tradition environment, the girl internalises the traits of the profession, including singing & dancing, at a very tender age; that is, when she cannot take her own decisions. By the time she realises what has happened to her, it is too late. Generally, they are made to feel that they are doing a big service to their family.

The institution of prostitution is based on the assumption that sex is an automatic right of man and a commodity that can be purchased or sold. The women and children involved in this transaction have been denied the right over their bodies and are reduced to mere commodities of pleasure. The clients, society, the women and their families consider music and dance as a mere supplement to the sex industry; in order to make it more lucrative in this competitive market. Today, it is difficult to separate the two. Therefore, the music and dance part has never been able to itself pullout from the red light areas. Its growth has been in one direction only - struggling within the nexus of prostitution. The nexus is such that even genuine police raids increase the dependence of the women on the same exploitative structure for legal and emotional security - thwarting all efforts at rehabilitation. Chances that the nexus can be broken by active government support are bleak. Meanwhile the criminal sanctions against the women and the social stigmatizataion they endure, isolate them from the “civilized” world and expose them to various forms of exploitation because they have to rely on the vested interests for all day-to-day needs. The police, a part of the nexus, are not sensitive to the women’s needs even when the women are attempting to run cultural programs. A music or dance performance in the red light area (kotha) is considered part of prostitution.

A prostitute is not a criminal. She does not violate anybody or anything, but is herself violated. Penal sanctions against the women or their clients are too simplistic. The economic, political, social ramification needs have to be understood in all their complexity and cannot be dealt with by penal sanctions alone. Most of the prostitutes’ income is pocketed by pimps and brothel madams. They are fleeced by the policemen, over charged by shopkeepers. They get pregnant and give birth to children, who also are destined to live an almost meaningless life with out being able to receive or see the love of the parents. Worse still, the children of the women in prostitution are always stigmatized and discriminated against for no fault of their own. Prostitution is a severe, all encompassing form of exploitation. It dehumanizes the women and their children. It denies them the opportunity to develop on their own and determine the course of their lives. Even if they wish, the mothers, because of their dependence and fear of criminal elements, are in a vulnerable situation and unlike the mothers in the mainstream, are unable to educate their children.

Though there are a number of studies and reports on commercial sexual exploitation of women and children there are no accurate estimates of the extent and magnitude of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in India. Even though, the overall population of victims, even to a casual observer, appears to be grossly under estimated, the following is the results of a survey conducted in 1991 and applies to only six cities.

A survey sponsored by the Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB) 1991 in six metropolitan cities of India indicated that the population of women and child victims of commercial sexual exploitation would be between 70,000 and 1,00,000. It also revealed that about 30% of them are below 18 years of age. Nearly 40% of them were inducted when they were less than 18 years of age. The major contributory factor for the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children are poverty and unemployment or lack of appropriate rehabilitation. 70% of them are illiterates. 43% of them desire to be rescued. Most of those who want to leave have given the reasons of desire to save their children from commercial sexual exploitation and protection of the future of their children, fear of diseases etc. The others continue to be exploited due to absence of alternative sources of income, social non-acceptability, family customs, poverty, ill health and their despondence.

Source: Plan of Action, Government of India 1998


THE NEED:

The problem of red light areas is extensive and severe in nature; and considered to be a “vulgar” topic. The women and their children continue to lead a vulnerable life. They are deprived of everything that can be termed “appropriate”- whether it is food, clothing, shelter, health or security.

Most of the eastern UP, MP, and Bihar districts, by virtue of having well established red light areas (Varanasi, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Mau, Ballia, Allahabad, Muzaffarpur, Munger, Purnia, Saharsa, Bhagalpur, Ujjain, Ganjbasoda, Guna, Shivpuri etc.) have the infrastructure to accommodate thousands of trafficked girls and traditional prostitutes from all over the country. Their proximity to Nepal and Bangladesh, and well-linked air, rail, road routes make them ideal transit points on the busiest trafficking routes to destinations all over India. Varanasi, though one of the largest tourist and pilgrimage centers in India, provides the required base for the flourishing flesh trade in India. Eastern UP, MP, and Bihar are also places of origin for girls being trafficked due to their socio-economic vulnerability, traditionally unequal gender relations and high rates of organised criminal activity.

UP, MP, & Bihar are also notorious for family based traditional prostitution e.g. the Gandharva, Dehredar, Bedia, Nat, Kanjar and other communities who are a major source for girls in red light areas (57% in UP alone). Most of the women with traditional backgrounds have a history of being good singers and dancers. In the past they had the patronage and protection from kings and the aristocracy. They could survive on their talents and, at the same time, keep the culture alive. However, not all the traditional communities are singers and dancers. Some are exclusively into the sex trade. UP, Bihar, Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, M.P. and Tamilnadu are the worst in this regard.With the increasing demand for young girls due to the various dimensions that the industry has acquired, and with a lessening demand for the singing girls because of their inability to cope with the changing market, the comparatively highly rewarding sex industry has lured them into its totality. Due to the lack of sustainability, the women are not passing their art on to their children. This is a big blow to our cultural heritage; one that they kept alive through the ages. The demand for song and dance programs within the red light areas is shrinking and there is no consistency in the programs and incomes of the women. In contrast, the entertainment industry nationally and globally is on the rise. On top of this, there never has been any effort by the exclusively appointed Department of Culture of the government of India, to support the dying art and the artists. Their talent was never “recognized” though it existed in society and can be seen every day. Lack of patronage is one of the causes of complete acceptance of prostitution as a source of livelihood. Earlier, traditional family based prostitutes had sex as only an additional service to offer. Now, it is just the opposite. However, even today what ever is left of the art is sufficient to be used for their rehabilitation. In spite of every thing against the singing and dancing culture, almost all the red light areas of UP, Bihar and MP have 10 to 40% of their population as artists. Society, the clients, the women & their families need to understand the immense economic potential of their art and their ability to grow - away from the red-light areas. In short, we need to urgently separate the sex from the music and dance and pull it out of the red light areas. At least, to begin with, a model needs to be created which the families could themselves follow.

Life in the red light areas is hell – for the psyche as well as for health. Late night work, sleepless nights, quarrels, criminal activity, police harassment, lack of personal space, health hazards, financial hardship, loneliness, home sickness, absence of serious relationships, sexual intercourse without emotional involvements, etc. are enough to drive any person insane. Most of the women have lost their roots and have an uncertain present and a blank future - socially and economically. Their health is at risk and they are very vulnerable financially. There is no space for creativity, particularly required by the artistic demands of music and dance. The environment they live in is totally incompatible with any artistic work. Such is the pressure over their body that they look much older by the time they enter their thirties and as a consequence, they loose their competitiveness in the market. They are virtually thrown on the streets, weak and sick, with no family, health or economic backup or support to depend upon. This economic and social insecurity forces the women to introduce their daughters to prostitution or procure a girl from outside, as a source of continuing income.

For a holistic approach, apart from counseling at each stage, we need to replace the dependence of the women on the parasites (police, pimps, brothel keepers, and family members) and simultaneously take over as "mothers" - taking care of their minutest needs. Ignorance by "straight people" and neglect by the government has further aggravated the situation. We need to focus on the dependencies of the women because the whole institution of prostitution is built on it. This dependence on the vested interests is the hallmark of the institution all over the country. It perpetuates and strengthens the core structure of prostitution. Set free from this dependence, they will be able to take alternate and better decisions, about their life, their future and that of their children.



TABLE: NATURE OF NEGATIVE IMPACT OF THE TRADE ON THE MIND, AS EXPRESSED BY 588 VICTIMS

Nature of negative impact Number Percentage
1. Feeling of insecurity 309 52.55
2. Feeling of inferiority 297 50.51
3. Feeling of mental disturbance 424 72.11
4. Feeling of fear of police, “goondas”
pimps, procurers and brothel-keepers 188 31.97
5. Feeling of loneliness 115 19.56
6. Feeling of guilt 75 12.76

Manifestation of the negative impact can be further explained in the words of the victims.

Insecurity that looms large in the victims' life is explicit from their own opinions like "we have no tomorrow, it is only today"; "who knows what tomorrow will bring for us"; "in our business there is no scope to think and plan for tomorrow"; "what surety is there in a prostitute's life?” "the business provides for our today’s, not the tomorrows", "all relationships are based on convenience and utility" etc. Victims do not know whom to trust and how long any relationship will last.

Many of the victims spoke in similar vein as Sheela, Shanti and Rani who consider themselves to be "untouchables" and equivalent to "worms in a drain". Women with this feeling of inferiority have come to believe that once having got involved in the flesh trade, no matter what they do, they can never be on par with other members of society. They are condemned to live a lonely life.

Rekha broke down narrating her story and insisted that she is very unhappy in the trade. Munni, Kamla, Saroj and Bina unanimously opined that since their involvement in flesh trade they are in a confused state of mind - unable to decide what is best for them. Feeling of mental disturbances was generally explained as mental conflicts - conflicts between their sense of right and wrong, conflicts between their present occupation and their sense of values and morals - unhappiness, worries, anxieties, hatred, etc. They feel incapacitated to return home because of the nature of their work, overpowering them with feeling of isolation and loneliness.

SOURCE: FLESH TRADE - A REPORT (Report on Flesh Trade/ trafficking in girls and women in prostitution.
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THANKS FOR READING IT. I APPRECIATE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO FOR THESE WOMEN.

GANDHI WAS BEING A _ MCP, WHEN HE SAID "Contraceptives are an insult to womanhood" HE JUST CONFIRMED IT. BUT THERE WERE TIMES WHEN HE WAS SANE (VERY FEW OCCASIONS AT THAT) WHEN HE SAID THE FOLLOWING:

"Women are special custodians of all that is pure and religious in life."

PLEASE TREAT HER LIKE THAT.

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Postby fl » Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:00 pm

could someone plz post a summary of this
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Postby The Jackal » Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:58 pm

Thats one huge article...... :shock:
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Postby CtrlAltDel » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:08 am

fl wrote:could someone plz post a summary of this
well....

india is full of prostitutes who are there coz of various social reasons, chief among them being poverty, exploitation and ill treatment of women. this has been happening since ages.
if u want to do something about it to improve their lot instead of showing apathy, pelase contact aishwarya at her emailid (given in her post).
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Postby DQ » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:37 am

I don't think mailing will help Aishwaraya.

What is it exactly that you are after.

1. Rehabilitation of Prostitutes ?
2. Fight for rights of Prostitutes?
3. Support for the music industry?
4. Remove the stigmatisation of prostitution ?
5. Make prostitution / bar girls legal, to stop abuse from authorities?

Specify the problem areas then we can discuss the possible resolutions.
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Postby CtrlAltDel » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:55 am

DQ wrote:What is it exactly that you are after.

1. Rehabilitation of Prostitutes ?
2. Fight for rights of Prostitutes?
3. Support for the music industry?
4. Remove the stigmatisation of prostitution ?
5. Make prostitution / bar girls legal, to stop abuse from authorities?
valid points of discussion, but i dont see where #3 fits in this debate...:?

the first two points...i whole heartedly support them! the prostitutes have to be rehablitated with alternative professions. apart from that the social root causes of prostitution has to be fot and removed by society (not just govt.). this is not an easy task and will definitely take time.

about point 5, many wont agree with this in a conservative country like India, but its a fact that prostitution cannot be willed away with laws. abt 57 years (not counting pre-independance era) of making prostitution illegal never helped. it has made the police, pimps and politicians get rich with their share in the trade. keeping it illegal encourages corruption and furthers the exploitation of poor women. one way to control prostitution is to legalize and regulate it with rules, taxes and regular health checks. that way atleast minors can be kept away. yes...i can feel people breathing fire at this suggestion, but ask yourself if deeming it illegal will make it go away? see what hapnd to liquor and their consumers during prohibition? the whole business shifted underground and the politician-police-liquor mafia connection got rich.

now i'l come to point 4: removing stigma from the trade. IMO, this is not possible. i feel there has to be a degree of stigma attached to the trade that would be a barrier for many who would choose to enter the profession. it does carry a stigma in most societies in the world, even where it has been legalized. but a 'stigma' doesnt mean the law has to treat sex-workers badly and deny them rights.
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Postby Mayavi Morpheus » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:03 am

Exactly! By legalizing prostituiton, it becomes much more easy to implement steps 1, 2 and 4.
I dunno the connection between music and prostituition.
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Postby DQ » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:08 am

These were propositions to Aishwaraya. It was meant to be a suggestion come up with a bulleted point list to let us know, what she feels and what needs to be done.

All the points I have listed may not make any sense at all. Lets wait on what Aishwarya has to say about this.

Just incase one of you have mantled the role of Aishwaraya then we can continue discussing this.
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Postby rock_26iin » Mon Aug 08, 2005 6:46 pm

Anyone heard of the movie Born In Brothels?

Seems a foreign lady came to the streets of Kolkata and gave the prostitute's children a camera and the entire movie is what the kids have shot with documentary-style commentary woven in between. I've heard the movie is worth a watch.
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Postby The Jackal » Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:00 pm

rock_26iin wrote:Anyone heard of the movie Born In Brothels?

Seems a foreign lady came to the streets of Kolkata and gave the prostitute's children a camera and the entire movie is what the kids have shot with documentary-style commentary woven in between. I've heard the movie is worth a watch.
Yeah man,heard about the movie.It won the best documentry award at the oscars. :D I saw the trailer,it looks really good.Tried to get the movie but it didnt release on DVD.
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Postby Aishwarya » Mon Aug 08, 2005 11:46 pm

DQ wrote:These were propositions to Aishwaraya. It was meant to be a suggestion come up with a bulleted point list to let us know, what she feels and what needs to be done.

All the points I have listed may not make any sense at all. Lets wait on what Aishwarya has to say about this.

Just incase one of you have mantled the role of Aishwaraya then we can continue discussing this.


Let me tell you about me. I work for Association for India Development (AID). AID was started by two graduates from University of Maryland., who left the cushy environs of America only to start a micr-hydel power project. Swades, was based on this true story. AID works at the development from the grassroot level of India, namely the villages. It coordinates with various other NGO's to expedite the projects that they have tkaen up. One such project that I chose to take up is GURIA. To know more about it, I suggest you visit http://www.guria.org.

Guria is the project that was started by Mr Ajeet singh. The details of this project are nmentioned in the site. *********************************************************
Objectives:
•To eliminate Second Generation prostitution.
•To prevent Child Prostitution.
•To prevent trafficking of women and children for prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation.
•To campaign against sex tourism and discrimination in the name of HIV/AIDS.
•To create awareness among the women in prostitution of their human and civil rights and to end their dependence on the criminal nexus of prostitution in the “red light” areas.
•To take up active advocacy work for effecting appropriate changes in the
egislation, policy, programs and their implementation by the administration in the area of trafficking and prostitution.
•To promote research and public awareness for proper social perception on the causes, patterns and impact of prostitution and trafficking in women and children.
•To support and rehabilitate survivors of trafficking, prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation.
•To eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.
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Again, thanks a lot for atleast reading this post. I also want to thank the moderator for putting it up on the homepage.

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Postby DQ » Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:18 am

What more can be said, there is so much work being put in by Guria.
The only glitch I see before people start taking it seriously is for the developers and MR Ajeet to have a guria.org email ID rather then the rediffmail ids.
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Postby vivek » Thu Aug 11, 2005 6:04 pm

I see this an emerging trend. As i started to scan resumes for newer team members for our team, i see that a trend has started to emerge. Philanthropy has now become an 'activity' that looks good on CV. I am not refuting the fact that people are not interested to serve, but there are lot more people who want to join the philanthropy band wagon because it makes them seem as if they have varied interests.

Corporates with MBAs are looking for variation in your interests. They need people who have achived big stuff for their company,a go getter and also be a 'Mohan Bhargav'. I have met so many people with 'Mohan Bhargav' type attitude but have washed their hands with Dettol because they touched a kid from the slums.

I have been to villages during corporate camps and decided against it. It just does not work . Many are there to be in the photographs that the company circulates in the newsletters. It makes the men look 'sensitive and warm'. Women seem to like that. 20 people go to distrbute medicines and many (women) start to crib that their shirt smells of cow dung.

Large corporates maintain a 'foundation' where they pump in money for NGOs to buy ambulances and donate it to hospitals. These are the soap box type useless Maruti Omni cargo vans that should ideally be banned if you look at the WHO regulations. Many employees also go to nearby villages to meet with the poor. The time spent is useless at best. The poor assume that they are doctors from the city and they start complaining about stomach aces and loose motions. Everyone comes back solving no one's problem.

This is in no way a Philanthropy. Either you donate money to good NGOs or hook up with a good NGO and spend time helping them in whatever they do. Dirty your hands.

My point is, if you really want to help the poor. Then do it the way established NGOs do. They have villages under their Jurisdiction . They have grassroot level representatives who keep in constant touch with the villagers. They operate community driven initiatives such as Micro-credit with the Self Help group model. This way they keep pushing the concept of good health,hygine and financial security. All these create awareness and the ills that plague their society would stop with-in a span of one generation.

This requires time and honest intention to spend time in such places. With the mosquitos and power cuts.

I have had elaborate pointless discussions with my colleagues about how they feel India is improving. Improving it is, but this should not be concluded by what you see in the cities. The gap between the rural and urban india has never been wider than it is today. I once went to a village of 500 people with just 1 telephone and 7 water pumpsets. It was in one of those corporate trips to 'visit the Under privileged' . We visted and we came back. Jone done!

It takes a lot to work for the underprevilidged. In most cases it involves a lot of sacrifice. Why? Heres why? The Indian poor has been pampered over the past 50 years. Whenever he was hungry, he was given food. Ideally he should also have been given a job. Large scale initiatives taken up by the government were to solve short term problems. Everyone ate free food and no one went to school. Hence the situation in the rural areas are at a precarious level. The average Indian women is 24.67 years and male is about 24.7. This the most productive age group. 37% still illeterate. This is going to blowup on our face in the next decade. With 15% of kids between 10-15 years not going to school, the collective focus should be for education. Thats not happening. Very few NGOs actually work on areas such as education and litracy. Most of the NGOs in India have AIDs as one of the major agenda. The reason is simple.

India tops in AIDs prevalance. There is virtually unlimited funds from international foundations. All one needs is a good priliminary report on what you plan to do and some five year plan on how you plan to spend the money. We are talking something like $15Mn over 5 years. There are NGOs that are working on deploying condom vending machines and for that they got funds. And then there are NGOs that are working to ensure that the condom vending machine deploying NGOs are deploying at the right places!

My interest in such topics made me read a report that had a pie chart detailing sectors in which NGOs work. Rehabilitation of children was under 5%. 43% NGOs work on AIDs related issues. Almost nill on adult litracy. Any literacy campaign for people above 18 Yrs is adult litracy. With so many women in between 18 - 24 being poor and illiterate, prostitution and traffiking is an obvious outcome. This is purly because, there is derth of people who really want to serve. Or else, the data won't be so skewed.

So whats the whole purpose of this article, you might ask

There is no point in trying to do something for the poor. Either you get into it fulltime or else donate money. Donating is easy and we save on tax as well. While we donate we must donate to NGOs doing a rather uncommon work. There are NGOs and socities working in drip irrigation techniques, then there are NGOs working on to ensure the community schools open by government don't close down. Donate money for such things. You don't have to physically go and help them. They are social workers with a 2 year degree on Social Work. They know the job. Just give them the money they need.If you have access to Dollars and GBPs, even better.

Bulk of Indian NGOs are fund starved because there is no agency to donate. Because corporates are busy buying ambulances for trust hospitals.


Atleast this is what i feel.

Like my friend said." I don't mind being Mohan Bhargav, if i can find a beautiful girl like Gita in the village. I'd rather donate a day's salary and let the Pros take over ! "
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Postby CtrlAltDel » Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:10 pm

i agree with vivek...

abt 3 yrs ago, an aquaintence of mine (an employee of a prominent indian MNC) had gone with his office group to a village famous for the flesh trade. the purpose was to educate the women abt rehablitation schemes designed for them by the govt. etc.

they went and came back over a weekend.

the following weekend that a$$hole went back to the same village with a few friends for a...private visit...;)

how do i know that....? well...he was boasting abt it over drinks...:x
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Postby vakibs » Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:10 pm

What vivek says has a dash of truth. I am not sure if this is exactly what Aishwarya was looking for in reply to her post.

Many people have a twisted look at prostitution. Especially the consumers. They do not consider these people as human. Because, if they start looking at these angles, the kick will go down. A$$holes. I think a proper punishment for soliciting a prostitute should include social service in the redlight areas.

Also I think education is the key to solving this problem. Unless these girls have accessible and good education irrespective of their age/background etc, they would not find alternative livelihood opportunities. I wish all the money+efforts that come shall work in this direction.
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Postby aishwarya » Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:02 pm

vakibs wrote:What vivek says has a dash of truth. I am not sure if this is exactly what Aishwarya was looking for in reply to her post.

Many people have a twisted look at prostitution. Especially the consumers. They do not consider these people as human. Because, if they start looking at these angles, the kick will go down. A$$holes. I think a proper punishment for soliciting a prostitute should include social service in the redlight areas.

Also I think education is the key to solving this problem. Unless these girls have accessible and good education irrespective of their age/background etc, they would not find alternative livelihood opportunities. I wish all the money+efforts that come shall work in this direction.


i spoke with the prostitutes and yeah this is exactly what happens with them. They were really proud when their talents, music and dance, was being showcased at some local festival. The cultural event was stopped midway by whole bunch cops/; Their contention being that prostitution was illegal and what they were doing at this scocio-cultural event was prositution, these prostitues were lthen athi charged and bashed brutally.Later that night, the same cops went to brothels to get some decent ****!!!

IMAGINE THEIR PLIGHT!!!

This is the situation of our country. THE LAW BEING THE MOST CORRUPT AND SELFISH OF ALL!
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Postby Lucifer » Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:25 pm

Mayavi Morpheus wrote:Exactly! By legalizing prostituiton, it becomes much more easy to implement steps 1, 2 and 4. ...

I tend to disagree. If we go along the same lines we would end up legalising drugs. How far do you think we can follow the 'if you can't beat them join them' philosophy?

I have already expressed my views on prostitutes and their trade and I see no reason to re-iterate them here. Except, I will say this. It is sad that women have to get into the flesh trade. Unlike what some people have got themselves to believe, it is not something anyone takes up out of choice. It is the sheer desperation that gets women there.

The only way that I see out of it is to create conditions where no one would be forced into something this desperate. That will take time. We may get there. We may not get there. But the important thing is that we understand the reasons behind prostitution and keep trying to rid our society of this evil. And, branding sex-workers as social stigmas is not the way to go about it.

This actually raises a much more scary thought. The sad fact is that it is the prostitutes that lessen the chances of anything untoward happening to the women of the social strata that we belong to. Men are such horrible beasts that I shudder to think by how much the incidents of rape would go up if there were no prostitutes.
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Postby DQ » Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:15 am

Thats right Lucifer. Strongly advocating Lucis views.

What needs to be done on a short term:

- Minimum protection program.
- Transperancy in the judicail system.
Appaling that the makers of the law, enforce the law and then use their own clout to abuse the same law being enforced.

Prostitution needs to be studied with a wider prospective. Poverty, illetracy, corruption cannot be solely blamed for this. Where supposedly these do not exist, Prostitution is still a million $$$ trade.

I am tempted to post my views but refrain from doing so, lest I be blamed for "mullah"isng this thread too.
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Postby CtrlAltDel » Mon Aug 15, 2005 10:08 am

DQ wrote:I am tempted to post my views but refrain from doing so, lest I be blamed for "mullah"isng this thread too.
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Re: Women in Prostitution

Postby Tinu » Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:10 pm

Hi Aishwarya,

I appreciate your care and concern for these victims of prostituions.

I tried to reach you on the email address you have mentioned in this article but it does not seem to work.

Please write back to me when you see this update.

My email address is tinu.maradnus@gmail.com
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Re: Women in Prostitution

Postby digitaldreamz » Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:14 pm

I fairly agree with vivek, Just a weekend trip with our group of friends or colleagues to an under privileged village or school or redlight area(in this case) will be of no use to them. Everything has to be planned, organized and implemented properly. Most of them just go there for spending time in a different way for that weekend.

In the recent past I went to a few flood hit villages in Khammam district with my colleagues under the guidance of 2 youngsters from an NGO (seva bharati) for a modest helpful gesture from our end. The guys helped us by providing a complete list of schools and students from each class in the school in that surrounding areas that assisted us in budgeting, buying and segregating the text books and other stationery according to the class. They thoroughly guided us in the whole process of distribution. We are very happy at the end of the day for properly utilizing the resources which would not have been definitely possible without their help.

Hence I strongly feel we should either take direct help from NGO's or work in co-ordination with them to positively reach the needy.

I salute every volunteer who dedicate their time/life/money for the deprived. Not everyone has such guts or the responsibility factor.
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Re: Women in Prostitution

Postby STAND UP AND TAKE ACTION » Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:07 pm

Yes,women need to be empowered to improve the country. I am doing my bit by standing up and taking action. You should do the same by supporting the millennium development goals. You can join the campaign on:
http://www.facebook.com/unmcampaignINDIA & http://twitter.com/unmcampaignIND
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Re: Women in Prostitution

Postby Isabel » Thu May 19, 2011 2:28 pm

This is a really horrible thing to make a living with. These poor girls take so much risk. I don't personally support this kind of job if I can even call this thing a job. I think it should be stricktly banned all over the world.
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Re: Women in Prostitution

Postby pradeep- » Thu May 19, 2011 3:31 pm

Yes-

There must not be prostitutes.
But there must be lot of strip clubs -

that will alleviate this prostitute-s proble-m
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Re: Women in Prostitution

Postby Awareness » Fri May 20, 2011 12:07 am

Very good topics, it is something which not everyone think about it on daily basis except those who likes to take advantage of others.


Government needs to come up with harsher punishment for such crime and that’s the only way to prevent this crime, when someone is caught in action, law and order often go after prostitutes and let the other party take the leave. I think government needs to take strict action towards both parties then only it will deter people. People see prostitution as a minor crime, in my opinion prostitution is as heinous as a murder or rape and I believe criminal justice system should take this crime very serious keeping it’s outcome in mind. And yes I do agree that education and rehabilitation is very important for those who are victims of this profession, most of these women are in the field out of their own wish and I think they should deserve a second chance. Also I think Spreading the awareness is one way to alert public about the severity of prostitution.
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