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Sex And The City: Down Jasmine-scented Alleys Of Memory

Sex And The City: Down Jasmine-scented Alleys Of Memory

A short film that chronicles Calcutta’s rapid transformation into a megalopolis after colonisation, through the unique lens of sex work

24 June 2022
International Sex Workers' Day: A Movement To Uphold The Rights Of Sex Workers

International Sex Workers' Day: A Movement To Uphold The Rights Of Sex Workers

What is International Sex Workers' Day and what does it signify?

02 June 2022

Explained: The Supreme Court Order On Sex Work, How It Changes Things, And Laws On Sex Work

While voluntary sex work is legal, running a brothel is illegal in India, as per existing laws covering sex work and human trafficking.

Bangladeshi Couple Get Death Sentence For Selling Teenager To Brothel In India

Bangladeshi Couple Get Death Sentence For Selling Teenager To Brothel In India

According to the prosecution, the convicts took the girl to India and sold her there to a brothel in 2009.

18 May 2022

Goa: Flesh Trade Racket Busted; TV Actress Among 3 Women Rescued

A press release issued by the Crime Branch said two of the rescued women, including the TV actress, are from Virar near Mumbai, while the third one hails from...

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16 March 2022
Dignity Still A Distant Dream For Sex Workers

Dignity Still A Distant Dream For Sex Workers

NHRC in 2020 issued an advisory to recognise sex workers as 'registered, informal workers', but later modified the terminology, saying they should be provided...


02 June 2022
Love, Loss And Longing Among Kamathipura’s Sex Workers

Love, Loss And Longing Among Kamathipura’s Sex Workers

The parallel world of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, with its aesthetically-lit windows and luxurious sentimentality that glows in the yellow fairy lights, doesn’t...


27 May 2022
Kamatipura: Namdeo Dhasal’s Ode To Mumbai’s Dark Underbelly

Kamatipura: Namdeo Dhasal’s Ode To Mumbai’s Dark Underbelly

This poem appeared in Namdeo Dhasal’s 1981 Marathi collection, 'Tuhi Iyatta Kanchi' (What Grade Are You In), later translated to English by Dilip Chitre, and...


27 May 2022
Bollywood’s Sex Workers: Courte-sans Creativity

Bollywood’s Sex Workers: Courte-sans Creativity

Never known for originality or verisimilitude, Bollywood scriptwriters trawl the absolute depths when creating on-screen prostitutes, in search of lucre


27 May 2022
From Shabana Azmi To Alia Bhatt: A Walk On The Wild Side

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

Very few Indian directors have handled the subject of sex workers sensitively. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai is an exception.


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27 May 2022
Sex Workers Of Kamathipura: Nowhere To Go, Nowhere To Live

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

Multiple factors including the law have made it impossible to collectivise the women in the locality


27 May 2022
Developing Kamathipura: Life Measured in Square Feet

Developing Kamathipura: Life Measured in Square Feet

Plans to revive Mumbai’s infamous locality of Kamathipura have remained, at best, a dream for its residents


27 May 2022
Kamathipura Redevelopment But For Whom?

Kamathipura Redevelopment But For Whom?

An ambitious redevelopment plan is being readied for Kamathipura, whose lanes had seen a thriving sex trade. Forced out of the area, the sex workers will lose...


08 June 2022
The Sonshine Years: Bitter-sweet Memories Of Growing Up In Kamathipura

The Sonshine Years: Bitter-sweet Memories Of Growing Up In Kamathipura

'There’s more hardship in sex work. The tawaif wants just a little bit of izzat, which the sex worker is denied to even dream about.'


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