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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.'

08 June 2022
Of Whoring And Waiting: The Sages And Cages Of Kamathipura

Of Whoring And Waiting: The Sages And Cages Of Kamathipura

A 2019 raid rescuing 141 girls held behind trap doors and steel cages raised a poignant question—how long will art continue imitating life?

27 May 2022

Gangubai's Daughter On Alia Bhatt Film: 'My Mother Was A Respected Woman'

Four petitions filed by various people against the Hindi film 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' have been dismissed by the Bombay High Court, paving way for the release of...

Gangubai Kathiawadi: Why Kamathipura's Matriarch Is In The News Again

Gangubai Kathiawadi: Why Kamathipura's Matriarch Is In The News Again

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' is in the eye of a storm, as the real-life daughter and grandson of the brothel owner are fighting to...

27 May 2022

Living On The Edge: The Pandemic And Its Axe On The Migrant Workers

The migrant workers, the fringe labourers and the last man, it has been a testing time for the lot as the pandemic took away every ounce of security from their...

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10 January 2022
SC Raps West Bengal For Not Filing Status Report On Providing Dry Rations To Sex Workers

SC Raps West Bengal For Not Filing Status Report On Providing Dry Rations To Sex Workers

A bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai said that with spurt in coronavirus cases the matter needs utmost attention as the issue is of...


19 December 2021
Justice At Last For Sex Workers?

Justice At Last For Sex Workers?

The Supreme Court issued an order on December 14 directing the states and union territories to start the process of of issuing identity proofs for sex workers....


25 November 2021
Delhi Commission For Women Issues Notice To Delhi Police Seeking Arrest Of Those Who Forced Assamese Woman Into Prostitution

Delhi Commission For Women Issues Notice To Delhi Police Seeking Arrest Of Those Who Forced Assamese Woman Into Prostitution

The survivor informed the panel that the two accused were running an organised racket with a nexus of clients, brokers and more than 10 women being forced into...


08 October 2021
The Tradition Of Making Durga Idol With Soil From Sex Worker’s House

The Tradition Of Making Durga Idol With Soil From Sex Worker’s House

No festival is complete without its own set of myths. Traditions invented for the relatively new Durga Puja invoke a community society chooses to forget.


01 September 2021
Pandemic Pushes Sex Workers Into Deeper Debt Pit

Pandemic Pushes Sex Workers Into Deeper Debt Pit

Covid-19 lockdowns and uncaring governments have pushed sex workers and survivors of trafficking to the edge of penury


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22 August 2021
Sex Workers Vs Civilians In Nagpur Over Barricading Red Light Area

Sex Workers Vs Civilians In Nagpur Over Barricading Red Light Area

Timely intervention by the police prevented a potential clash.


15 August 2021
Sex Workers Stage Protest Against Police In Nagpur Over Sealing Red-Light Area

Sex Workers Stage Protest Against Police In Nagpur Over Sealing Red-Light Area

The Ganga Jamuna area was sealed on the order issued by the city police commissioner after several residents complained about open solicitation by commercial...



20 March 2021
West Bengal Polls: Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee Organises Rally, Demands Voting Rights For Sex Workers

West Bengal Polls: Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee Organises Rally, Demands Voting Rights For Sex Workers

The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, the country's oldest collective of sex-workers organised a rally demanding voting rights for sex workers in the upcoming...


07 January 2021
In Search Of Sadda Haq

In Search Of Sadda Haq

A disabled doctor fighting for wages, an interfaith couple marrying against parents’ wishes, two ­lovers fighting for what they wouldn’t have to fight for...


01 December 2020
Red, Green Lights

Red, Green Lights

Battered by the pandemic and teetering at the edge, sex workers hope a NHRC advisory would get them government grants and dignity of labour


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04 December 2020
Sonagachi The Red Balloon

Sonagachi The Red Balloon

‘Love’ was anyway a scarce commodity in Asia’s largest red-light area. But the lockdown has cast its many resident sex workers out into an endless desert...


16 October 2020
The NEWS

The NEWS

In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week


13 October 2020
NHRC Lists Sex Workers As 'Women At Work'; Significant Step, Say Activists

NHRC Lists Sex Workers As 'Women At Work'; Significant Step, Say Activists

The National Network of Sex Workers described this as a milestone in the fight for rights of sex workers in the country.


08 July 2020
Facing Backlash, Yale To Review Study Recommending Closure Of Red-light Areas To Curb Covid

Facing Backlash, Yale To Review Study Recommending Closure Of Red-light Areas To Curb Covid

Experts and activists say that the study, which was not peer-reviewed, is being used by the police to harass sex workers in various cities.


02 July 2020
Former Israeli Athlete Svetlana Gnezdilov And Sleazy Details Of Running A Prostitution Ring

Former Israeli Athlete Svetlana Gnezdilov And Sleazy Details Of Running A Prostitution Ring

Svetlana Gnezdilov, who holds the national record in the heptathlon, was accused of running a network of brothels under the guise of massage parlors


07 May 2019
Over 10 Chinese Nationals Arrested For Illegally Marrying, Forcing Pakistani Girls Into Prostitution

Over 10 Chinese Nationals Arrested For Illegally Marrying, Forcing Pakistani Girls Into Prostitution

The FIA swung into action following reports of Chinese nationals being involved in organ trade and forced prostitution of Pakistani girls, mostly from the...


12 April 2019
They Haven’t Sold Their Soul

They Haven’t Sold Their Soul

The Taaras coalition is changing ­women’s lives by giving voice to the most marginalised


08 March 2019
Don't Stereotype Us, Don't Show Us As 'Use And Throw' Objects: Women Sex Workers Urge Indian Filmmakers

Don't Stereotype Us, Don't Show Us As 'Use And Throw' Objects: Women Sex Workers Urge Indian Filmmakers

Social activist and lawyer Aarthi Pai says mainstream cinema has done a lot of damage to "the identity of sex workers".


23 December 2018
Morari Bapu Kicks Row After Narrating Ram Katha To Sex Workers In Ayodhya

Morari Bapu Kicks Row After Narrating Ram Katha To Sex Workers In Ayodhya

Hindu religious leaders have raised objections over the gathering of sex workers in the 'pious town of Ayodhya'.


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