Delhi sex workers demand protection from goons
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 16:15
New Delhi: The sex workers of the national capital's largest red light area GB Road will come on the streets in the New Year to press for solution to their security concerns and other welfare measures.

Raising the issue of exploitation by "goons" operating in the area will be on top of their agenda other than legalisation of the trade and better health services during the demonstration they are planning in January.

The workers who live in inhuman and unhygienic conditions in the dark and narrow lanes here are concerned about increasing drug trade and looting of their clients by the criminal elements operating in the area, an argument rejected by Delhi Police.

"There are problems of drug trafficking, extortion and looting of our clients. Criminals from neighbouring state and from some areas in Delhi gather here every night and create problems for our customers," said Shameem, a brothel owner.

However, police deny receiving any complaints from sex workers. "We have stationed a picket in the red light area. There is frequent movement of PCR vans and our personnel. We have not received any complaints yet," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Jaspal Singh.

There are about 116 brothels on the Garstin Bastion (GB) Road in which about 5,000 women from across the country work.

A sex worker Kanta said "Police also threaten us since prostitution is not legalised in our country."


First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 16:15

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