More and more housewives in Mizoram are falling prey to AIDS due to no fault of their own, but their husbands who comprise a large percentage of the clientele of female sex workers.
A study conducted by an NGO has revealed that at least 80 per cent of the clients of female commercial sex workers in Aizawl city are married men who are indulgingalarming rate of HIV/AIDS infections amongst the previoulsy thought no-risk group of society - mostly those who are religious in nature and otherwise 'clean'.
The New Life Home Society, which is an Aizawl-based NGO reaching out to 294 female sex workers, conducted a study of them recently and found that they could be classified into three categories - street-based, mobile phone-based and home-based.
N Samuel, Project Manager of the New Life Home Society (NLHS) says that 156 out of the 294 sex workers are looking for customers in the streets of the capital city while 110 are getting their clients through mobile phones and cabbies and 28 of them received their customers at home.
There are three sex workers who are in the age group of 10 to 15 and 58 between the ages of 16 and 20 while the highest age-group, 21-25 has 94 people, followed by 79 of the 26-30 age group, Samuel says.