The Ugly Mirror: Sex Shops

Forced Prostitution: Yes! A very disgusting issue, this dark world is part of our society. Respectable people condemns them as if they go home to home, this society to that society to sell their bodies. No, our respectable men visit them discreetly, these women mechanically let them satisfy their lust without emotions, like any other profession.

Ban on Mumbai Dance Bars suddenly boosted the flesh trade as bar girls started selling themselves. Home ministry banned dance bars and never gave a thought where some 50K girls will go. They didn’t bother to rehabilitate these girls.

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Prostitutes, Sex Workers live in small cage size room.

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Girls on the display of their Voluptuous figures.

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Maybe these girls are forced to be in prostitution. Later, they willingly stay in for they believe that they’re not supposed to mix up in normal society, and they are quite realistic.

KAMATHIPURA Mumbai – 8

Guddi was over 11 years old when her family was persuaded by a neighbour to send her to the city of Mumbai hundreds of miles away from her poverty-stricken village in the eastern state of West Bengal. They promised her a well-paid job as a house maid to help feed her family. Instead, she ended up at one of Asia’s largest red light districts to become a sex worker.

Trafficked by her neighbour, she arrived at a brothel. She was raped by a customer and spent the next three months in hospital.

Guddi’s sad and harrowing story is similar to many of the estimated 20,000 sex workers in Kamathipura, established over 150 years ago during colonial rule as one of Mumbai’s “comfort zones” for British soldiers.

Mumbai’s oldest and largest red light district is a maze of around 14 dingy, cramped lanes overlooked by gleaming, new skyscrapers-symbols of India’s recent economic prosperity that has lifted millions out of poverty. But in Kamathipura, time seems to have stood still.

Throughout the 1800s, the British military established and maintained brothels for its troops to use across India.
The girls, many in their early teens from poor, rural Indian families, were recruited and paid directly by the military, which also set their prices.

By 1864, there were eight neighbourhoods in Mumbai which were home to more than 500 prostitutes. Almost 60 years later, there were only two, with Kamathipura being the largest.

The system is continuing to be fed to this day.

To protect the women from violent customers, police introduced bars to the windows and doors of brothels in the 1890s.

These “cages” still exist today and some women continue to work and live in the same brothels constructed by the British. Nothing has changed for 120 years. Nothing. Time is standing still.

Today the women charge up to ₹500 ($8; £5) for sex and girls aged between 12 and 16 can earn up to ₹3,000 ($32,£20) sources tell. Virgins in Kamathipura are auctioned to the highest bidder which can reach to an extent of ₹500,000 or more.

Modern Day Slavery:

Bombay Teen Challenge, a charity consisting of former sex workers and pimps who for more than 20 years have been rescuing and rehabilitating women working in Kamathipura.

Lata, for example, was trickery and trafficked by her boyfriend at the age of 16, when she was drugged and taken to Mumbai from the southern state of Karnataka. But years later, with the help of Bombay Teen Challenge, she was reunited with her family and now lives in a rehabilitation home run by the charity.

“In the 11 years I’ve been there, I’ve never met one woman who has chosen to be there. Every woman I’ve met has been trafficked or born there,” Lata told.

“These girls who have been trafficked can’t return to their families because of the stigma and [yet it is] often [they who] are responsible for them being in Kamathipura,” she added.

Later, the Indian government amended the law to broaden the types of crimes considered to be a trafficking offence and established harsher sentences for traffickers.

But enforcement of anti trafficking laws remains a problem.

Countries like Sweden and Norway have made the purchase of sexual services illegal and it has had a profound impact on demand, causing trafficking to also decrease significantly.

This change is desperately needed for Mumbai and all of India.


…shabab khan’s blog
©MAGNETIQUE TRUST – 2015. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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About Shabab Khan

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