“During the lockdown, and even now, clients are not willing to come to us. We know it is not safe for us also.” Bindhu, Pathanamthitta
Sex workers were in trouble when the COVID19 lockdown was announced in Kerala in March. Now, even four months on, the situation has not become normal.“There are restrictions of social distancing, travel restrictions as well as working restrictions. This has impacted our life. Our work has come to a complete standstill,” say sex workers.
“Clients are not coming to us and we also have a fear of being affected by Covid19. As a network, it…
Today, on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons observed by the United Nations, the National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) affirms its commitment to end the heinous crime of trafficking in persons. We state that organised collectives of sex workers are the most effective first responders at the community level, to prevent, identity and redress trafficking in
women and children into sex work. Strategies, where sex workers have been made stakeholders in the task of combatting trafficking, have been found to be more effective than a mere law and order approach.
Legal remedies to eliminate trafficking in persons have…
Dear BBC World Service
We from http://nnswindia.org/were aghast to listen to the podcast aired on 10 January 2020 titled “The biggest brothel in Asia’ as part of My Indian Life hosted by Kalki Koechlin and produced by Ishleen Kaur.
An unaware listener could be forgiven for not realizing that Sonagachi, described breathlessly as a “weird”, “scary”, “dangerous” place in Kolkata”, is a vibrant community of children, women, men and trans persons who live and work amidst thriving businesses and innovative experiments in livelihoods, banking and public health, among many others.
For a podcast aired on the reputed platform of the…
THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF PATNA,
HIGH COURT OF PATNA
16 July 2020
We, the undersigned members of the National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) India; a national level network of over 60 organizations and over 1,50,000 members from eight states call your attention to a matter of great injustice.
Recently a judge ordered the arrest of a 22-year old survivor of a gangrape along with the two activists who were accompanying her in Araria district on July 10, 2020, right in the midst of recording her statement U/s 164(1) of CrPC. Two activists — Kalyani Badola and Tanmay Nivedita…
This is concerning a recent study entitled ‘Modelling the Effect of Continued Closure of Red-Light Areas on COVID-19 Transmission in India’ (2020) authored by Dr. Sudhakar V. Nuti at Harvard Medical School, along with Jeffrey P. Townsend, Alison P. Galvani, Abhishek Pandey, Pratha Sah, and Chad Wells at the Yale School of Public Health. The study recommends that shutting down red-light areas in Mumbai, New Delhi, Nagpur, Kolkata, and Pune during and beyond the lockdown can reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases by 72% and deaths by 63%, and recommends keeping them closed indefinitely. …
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