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Caught between a disreputable and salacious past and an uncertain future, Kamathipura, the once-biggest red light district of India’s most populous metro, struggles for survival.

Issue Date : 14 March 2022

International

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National

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National

Love, Loss And Longing Among Kamathipura’s Sex Workers

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International

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Art & Entertainment

Bollywood’s Sex Workers: Courte-sans Creativity

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Art & Entertainment

From Shabana Azmi To Alia Bhatt: A Walk On The Wild Side

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National

Sex Workers Of Kamathipura: Nowhere To Go, Nowhere To Live

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National

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National

Kamathipura Redevelopment But For Whom?

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National

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National

Of Whoring And Waiting: The Sages And Cages Of Kamathipura

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