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How condoms strengthen crime

Organised crime is being unintentionally strengthened through the sale of condoms by madams and pimps, the Joint Action Front for Women (JAFW) has claimed.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 18:24 IST

Organised crime is being unintentionally strengthened through the sale of condoms by madams and pimps, the Joint Action Front for Women (JAFW) has claimed.

In a recent meeting with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, representatives of the group expressed the need for a better strategy to deal with HIV/AIDS in place of the present one, which targets high-risk groups like sex workers.

According to the JAFW, the National AIDS Control Organisation’s (NACO) strategy fails to secure the rights of prostitutes.

"Although the objectives of NACO are good, the methodology of condom distribution through madams and pimps is unintentionally strengthening the very root of organised crime that we want to uproot. Also, the success of NACO in containing HIV/AIDS by using the targeted intervention strategy for the high risk group is in question," Ranjana Kumari of the Joint Action Front for Women.

The women's group feels that the targeted intervention approach is failing. There is evidence that HIV infection among sex workers is increasing despite the condom-use strategy.

"There is a need to broadbase the approach and include aspects like rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of prostitutes. Policy makers need to revisit the HIV/AIDS control strategy," Kumari added.