They spend their lives in small cage-like rooms, away from their families, pandering to the desires of their “demanding clients”. But this time around, the sex workers of Delh’s G.B. Road, or Kolkata’s Sonagachi, or other squalid and notorious red-light areas around the country, are determined to cast their ballots in the hope of a better future.
Seeking inclusion of their neglected and ostracised community in the country’s development agenda, sex workers in India are looking forward to the Lok Sabha polls with hopes of attaining legalisation of their profession, pension rights, recognition of a self-regulatory body and an end to harassment by the police. Continue Reading.