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A sex worker at her residence in the red light area at Budhwar Peth on Friday. The area houses around 3,000 sex workers earning their livelihood.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

SOPs like phone sex, masks fail to attract clients in Budhwar peth red-light area

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Tanmayee Parti
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 04:35 PM IST
Budhwar peth houses around 3,000 sex workers earning their livelihood at the 700 small and big brothels
According to NACO’s Jharkhand wing, Jharkhand State AIDS Control Society (JSACS), population of sex works in the state is 12,077. (HT Photo)
According to NACO’s Jharkhand wing, Jharkhand State AIDS Control Society (JSACS), population of sex works in the state is 12,077. (HT Photo)

Jharkhand to give dry ration to sex workers without identity proof

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Sanjoy Dey
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 12:08 AM IST
The move follows the Supreme Court order on October 28 when it asked the state governments and union territories to provide dry rations to the sex workers who are identified by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) without insisting on proof of identity.
State Women Commission president MC Josephine said Mullapally Ramachandran’s words were in bad taste and the commission will take action against him. (Photo @INCKerala)
State Women Commission president MC Josephine said Mullapally Ramachandran’s words were in bad taste and the commission will take action against him. (Photo @INCKerala)

‘Woman with self-respect will die if raped’: Kerala Congress chief’s shocker

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 08:25 PM IST
Mullapally Mamachandran made the offensive remarks while he was slamming the LDF for bringing up the solar scam case during the Congress regime to counter the criticism against it in the gold smuggling and drug cases.
The ability to achieve impact at scale has enabled CSOs to reach millions of people, including those often left behind in standardised relief efforts(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The ability to achieve impact at scale has enabled CSOs to reach millions of people, including those often left behind in standardised relief efforts(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

To tackle Covid-19, CSOs and the State must join hands

By Aruna Pandey, Lopamudra Sanyal and Ingrid Srinath
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 10:56 PM IST
Those of us with seats at policymaking or grant-making tables have a responsibility to speak up and amplify the work of others. With the imminent shrinking of resources, there is a greater urgency for government, industry, CSOs and citizenry to work as collaborators with shared goals and innovative approaches.
Amitabh and Rashmi tied the knot in 2014.
Amitabh and Rashmi tied the knot in 2014.

Rashmi& Amitabh Shah – Making a difference through a love story

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 03:21 PM IST
Both of them gave up their well-paying careers, probably much to the shock of friends and family, to work in for this endeavour and make the most of their education, experience and intent.
Many social workers, across India, have been working for the cause of menstrual hygiene among women.
Many social workers, across India, have been working for the cause of menstrual hygiene among women.

Menstrual hygiene: PM’s speech motivates social workers to debunk myths better

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2020 02:29 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently spoke about the topic of menstrual hygiene, in his speech on 74th Independence Day, and social workers have appreciated the move that is helping take their campaigns forward.
Kunal Kemmu wins hearts once again as a scowling cop who will leave no stone unturned to bring the guilty to justice.(ZEE5)
Kunal Kemmu wins hearts once again as a scowling cop who will leave no stone unturned to bring the guilty to justice.(ZEE5)

Darker, grittier, morbidly attractive – Abhay is back with Season 2

By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 07:55 PM IST
Watch Kunal Kemmu embark on #TheRoadtoJustice once more with new accomplices and threats, in ZEE5’s best-selling intriguing mystery.
NGO workers hand over dry ration to sex workers, Pune , June 23, 2020(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
NGO workers hand over dry ration to sex workers, Pune , June 23, 2020(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19’s impact on sex workers and their families

UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2020 05:46 PM IST
There are 6,57,800 sex workers in India, according to a 2016 UNAIDS study. Other estimates put the number at three million. The lockdown and social distancing measures have pushed them to the edge.
Jaya says the mightiest and the weakest are affected by corona.(Photo: Instagram)
Jaya says the mightiest and the weakest are affected by corona.(Photo: Instagram)

Jaya Bhattacharya helps transgenders and sex workers

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Kavita Awaasthi
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2020 11:37 PM IST
Actor Jaya Bhattacharya recently distributed ration packets to transgenders and sex workers in Kamathipura. “We need to help people who are not seen out there on a daily basis,” she says
A view of the deserted streets as Goa government has imposed lockdown following the rising cases of Covid-19, in Panaji.(ANI)
A view of the deserted streets as Goa government has imposed lockdown following the rising cases of Covid-19, in Panaji.(ANI)

Despite pandemic, flesh trade thriving as demand persists, say social workers

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 07:53 PM IST
Goa Police has conducted three raids in eight days – between July 20 and 28 -- to bust flesh trade rackets and mushrooming human trafficking networks.
A CSW thermal scans a man before he enters her residence.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
A CSW thermal scans a man before he enters her residence.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Safety on the mind as CSW look to resume work in Pune’s red-light area

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2020 04:50 PM IST
Among the many NGOs working in Budhwar peth, Saheli HIV AIDS Karyakarta Sangh is once holding special advisory sessions on safety for CSWs
Lalbazaar delves deep into the psyche of the police force, which goes beyond the order of crime and punishment. It shows officers as ordinary human beings with families and feelings, which sometimes can come in the way of their call for duty.(ZEE5)
Lalbazaar delves deep into the psyche of the police force, which goes beyond the order of crime and punishment. It shows officers as ordinary human beings with families and feelings, which sometimes can come in the way of their call for duty.(ZEE5)

Lalbazaar: A power-packed police drama like no other!

By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2020 11:01 AM IST
This edge-of-the-seat, multi-layered crime thriller which premiered on ZEE5 today, explores not only the crimes committed by criminals, but also the righteous and bent cops inside the force.
The fear of contracting the deadly pathogen has kept customers away, leaving a debilitating impact on sex workers in the city.(HT File)
The fear of contracting the deadly pathogen has kept customers away, leaving a debilitating impact on sex workers in the city.(HT File)

Over 60% of sex workers in Delhi return to their home states

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Kabir Bhandari
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 09:17 PM IST
Over 60% of Delhi’s sex workers have returned to their home states due to loss of means of livelihood amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown that pushed many of them to the brink of starvation.
Already extremely vulnerable and with an ambiguous legal status, many of Spain’s sex workers have struggled to make ends meet during the state of emergency, with clubs closed, clients staying home and fines for staying in the street.(Unsplash)
Already extremely vulnerable and with an ambiguous legal status, many of Spain’s sex workers have struggled to make ends meet during the state of emergency, with clubs closed, clients staying home and fines for staying in the street.(Unsplash)

Spain sex workers left to fend for themselves under lockdown

Madrid | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Kabir Bhandari
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 05:57 PM IST
With the coronavirus pandemic emptying the streets of Madrid, life has become even more precarious for sex workers Evelyn, Alenca and Beyonce under the lockdown.
The crisis initiative started as donation-only but a group of men and women in the industry -- a legal grey zone in Poland -- have since signed on to offer photos, videos or even encounters in return for contributions.(Unsplash)
The crisis initiative started as donation-only but a group of men and women in the industry -- a legal grey zone in Poland -- have since signed on to offer photos, videos or even encounters in return for contributions.(Unsplash)

Pandemic brings panic, solidarity to Polish sex industry

Warsaw | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 06:27 PM IST
The coronavirus pandemic has closed down Poland’s strip clubs and massage parlours, leaving many sex workers struggling to make ends meet but also inspiring solidarity via an online fundraising campaign.
Human rights campaigners voiced concerns not only about the abuse of young boys but the impact on those forced into this kind of exploitation in their later lives.(Unsplash)
Human rights campaigners voiced concerns not only about the abuse of young boys but the impact on those forced into this kind of exploitation in their later lives.(Unsplash)

Husband, father, sex worker: As adults, Afghanistan’s ‘dancing boys’ lead double lives

Kabul | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 11:44 AM IST
In conservative Afghanistan, former dancing boy Farhad leads a double life; married father-of-six by day, cross-dressing dancer and sex worker by night.
Under the new measures, victims will be able to access improved support services, emergency accommodation and claim a new social benefit for those at risk of extreme poverty.(Unsplash)
Under the new measures, victims will be able to access improved support services, emergency accommodation and claim a new social benefit for those at risk of extreme poverty.(Unsplash)

Spain provides lockdown support for trafficking victims, prostitutes

Barcelona | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 02:43 PM IST
Spain unveiled on Tuesday a series of measures aimed at helping prostitutes and victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation survive the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
Coronavirus has infected almost 3,500 Colombians and killed more than 150.(Unsplash)
Coronavirus has infected almost 3,500 Colombians and killed more than 150.(Unsplash)

The agony of Colombia’s quarantined sex workers

Bogota | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 11:41 AM IST
Survival has become a struggle for Colombia’s sex workers during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, as cupboards are bare and bills pile up.
Small businesses hit by the crisis seeking emergency loans, according to government guidelines, may not sell “products or services... of a prurient sexual nature.”(Unsplash)
Small businesses hit by the crisis seeking emergency loans, according to government guidelines, may not sell “products or services... of a prurient sexual nature.”(Unsplash)

Coronavirus outbreak: Virus fears hit world’s oldest profession

Los Angeles | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 03:30 PM IST
“Being a prostitute has always been a good option in times of crisis... until this one,” says Bruno, a sex worker who fears catching the deadly coronavirus at a time when those in his trade are more vulnerable than ever.
The controversial system, commonly known as ‘Laojiao’ in China began in the 1950s, and it used to take in minor offenders whose offence wasn’t severe enough to take them to court.(Reuters File)
The controversial system, commonly known as ‘Laojiao’ in China began in the 1950s, and it used to take in minor offenders whose offence wasn’t severe enough to take them to court.(Reuters File)

China ends illegal jail term, forced labour for sex workers, clients

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2019 06:16 PM IST
The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) quoted NGO Asia Catalyst as saying that “…more than 300,000 people were detained in custody and education between 1987 and 2000”.
There were 37.9 million people living with HIV in 2018 worldwide, up from 37.2 million in 2017, according to a new report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
There were 37.9 million people living with HIV in 2018 worldwide, up from 37.2 million in 2017, according to a new report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

New AIDS infections falling globally: Report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2019 03:15 AM IST
The report also says 24.5 million infected people using antiretroviral therapy (ART) are living healthier and longer lives, indicating that there has been a drop in death rate.
Activists said the order would help discourage customers from demanding sex from minors and would curtail demand for sex workers, a reason for human trafficking in India.(File photo for representation)
Activists said the order would help discourage customers from demanding sex from minors and would curtail demand for sex workers, a reason for human trafficking in India.(File photo for representation)

3 brothel visitors convicted in Bengal, activists say first such order in India

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 02:19 PM IST
The section 5 (1) (d) of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act, 1956, under which they were convicted, pertains to the punishment of anyone who “causes or induces a person to carry on prostitution.”
A graphic novel, a chronicle of three generations, and stories from tea plantations -- all that on this week’s reading list!(HT Team)
A graphic novel, a chronicle of three generations, and stories from tea plantations -- all that on this week’s reading list!(HT Team)

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

Hindustan Times | By HT Team
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2019 09:34 PM IST
This week’s reading list includes a graphic retelling of a terrible conflict, a chronicle of the lives of three generations of sex workers, and a collection of stories from the tea plantations of south India
The two shocking murders reported earlier this month have been solved with the police arresting the accused in both cases, police said on Saturday.(Reuters File Photo)
The two shocking murders reported earlier this month have been solved with the police arresting the accused in both cases, police said on Saturday.(Reuters File Photo)

Man kills sex worker, chops body into pieces after she rejected his marriage proposal:Cops

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 01:09 PM IST
The first murder was reported on August 6, when a woman’s body was found stuffed in a gunny bag in southwest Delhi’s Sagarpur. The suspect, her husband, has been arrested from Kolkata.
Jisshu Sengupta will play Alia Bhatt’s dad in Sadak 2.
Jisshu Sengupta will play Alia Bhatt’s dad in Sadak 2.

Bengali star Jisshu Sengupta to play Alia Bhatt’s father in Sadak 2: report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 04:38 PM IST
Bengali actor Jisshu Sengupta had reportedly begun shooting with Mahesh Bhatt for Sadak 2. The film also stars Alia Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt.
The difficulties of finding a house in a city are probably as old as cities themselves(Samson Tupdal/HT Photo)
The difficulties of finding a house in a city are probably as old as cities themselves(Samson Tupdal/HT Photo)

Our cities must accept differences and become tolerant

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 05:16 PM IST
Until we learn to accept differences in culture, food habits, sexual orientations, and ways of life, we will never truly become an egalitarian society.
Prostitutes line the street outside of a Falkland Road Brothel in a red-light neighborhood in Bombay (now Mumbai).(HT File/Representative Image)
Prostitutes line the street outside of a Falkland Road Brothel in a red-light neighborhood in Bombay (now Mumbai).(HT File/Representative Image)

Household goods in 15 Meerut brothels seized

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By S Raju
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2019 11:54 AM IST
Speaking of the adverse effect it has had on their sales, the shopkeepers say the brothels kept women buyers off the area. Now the market will be like any other in the city, after seizing of 15 brothels.
Melinda Gates and her husband Bill with a toddler during a visit to Bihar in March 2011.(AFP)
Melinda Gates and her husband Bill with a toddler during a visit to Bihar in March 2011.(AFP)

Review: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

Hindustan Times | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2019 07:01 PM IST
Melinda Gates’ first book documents how she evolved from a career woman to a mother to one of the world’s biggest champions of gender equity
n compliance with the court’s order, the police and the district administration claimed that evacuation notices had been served to the owners of the dwellings where the sex workers were staying.(HT Photo)
n compliance with the court’s order, the police and the district administration claimed that evacuation notices had been served to the owners of the dwellings where the sex workers were staying.(HT Photo)

Order to seal brothels: Sex workers left homeless in Meerut

Hindustan Times, MEERUT | By S Raju/ Utkarsha Tyagi
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2019 12:10 PM IST
Narrating their plight, Atul said that a sex worker’s daughter who is a student of Class 3 was advised to not attend school until she had her uniform.
In the state with 42 Lok Sabha seats, polling has already been held at two constituencies in the first phase on April 11 and three more will go to polls on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)
In the state with 42 Lok Sabha seats, polling has already been held at two constituencies in the first phase on April 11 and three more will go to polls on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: West Bengal sex workers may press NOTA button

Kolkata | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2019 02:37 AM IST
The sex workers complain about lack of recognition of their profession under the labour laws, “rampant misuse” of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act and meagre rehabilitation programmes offered by the government.
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