Flourishing sex tourism matter of concern: RSCW

Rajasthan State Commission for Women chairperson Laad Kumari Jain on Friday raised concerns over increasing sex tourism in the state and said she was not in favour of granting legal status for sex trade as is being mulled by NCW.

Jaipur: Rajasthan State Commission for Women chairperson Laad Kumari Jain on Friday raised concerns over increasing sex tourism in the state and said she was not in favour of granting legal status for sex trade as is being mulled by NCW.

"Along with tourism, sex tourism is increasing in Rajasthan. This is growing along with industrialization, textile and marble business and illegal mining," Jain said at a press conference here.

She claimed that big hotels are also involved in sex trade to attract customers and minor?girls are being supplied to foreign tourists at places like Jaisalmer and Pushkar.

"During our visit to red areas and interaction with sex workers, I found out that prostitution has flourished with the growth of tourism and other industries. The minor girls are being supplied to various places, including the Gulf countries, from here," she said.

Jain said the commission will soon prepare a detail report on the plight of sex workers and will submit it to the state government and Centre.

She said the sex workers should be looked upon as a 'victim' and not as a 'criminal or culprit'."There is a need for positive amendments in the existing law, where strict action could be taken against the middlemen instead of the sex workers," she opined.

Jain appreciated that a committee of the Supreme Court would put up a proposal on legalising prostitution for discussion tomorrow but said that it should not be legalised in the country.

"If prostitution is legalized, it will have more negative and adverse effects. It will not only increase women's exploitation but these things will be done openly," she warned.

She said that before issuing any statement in favour or against legalising prostitution, Chairpersons of all woman commissions and members, social workers and civil society organisations working on the issue should be called for a detailed discussion.  

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