The Short Skirt
- There are some 50 ‘aunties’ in the capital today. They play friend, guide, set up assignments
- IB estimates say there are some 5,000 girls from the CIS in India, all on tourist/medical-related visas
Shakhnoza and Naaz were close friends and belly dancers from Uzbekistan. When their badly mutilated bodies were discovered in the capital, investigators suspected a money-related feud. Shakhnoza’s mother Shukurova and her two sisters, Zamika and Nadira, can’t believe she’s dead. They are camping in a tiny flat in Lajpat Nagar looking for justice and an answer to the many questions the murders have raised—the trafficking mafia, prostitution, exploitation. “We’ll find the truth. We will help police solve the case,” says Nadira, who can converse in English.
It’s not going to be easy. In many cities in India, the white flesh trade is now a lucrative...