Sex workers poured out in numbers to exercise their franchise in the national capital on Saturday and said they were voting with the hope that the new government would take up the issue of legalising their profession.
Calling for expeditious passage of the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, sex workers and third gender members in West Bengal Monday said that without adequate attention to protection of human rights, the aim for zero new HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS-related deaths will remain a distant dream.
For Vietnamese sex workers like Do Thi Oanh, being caught touting for business used to carry a long stint in forced "rehabilitation", but as fines replace detention, many detect a shifting attitude towards the world`s oldest profession.
At a time when mainstreaming initiatives are gathering momentum, sex workers in three key regions of West Bengal have been denied the permission to celebrate their own Durga Puja, the biggest festival in the state.
The 50-lakh-strong community of sex workers in India is seriously considering to opt for the NOTA option while exercising their franchise in the Lok Sabha election to register protest against deprivation and apathy.
Protesting against the rising crime against women in the country, sex workers and their daughters on Friday took part in street plays and dances in and around the city`s red-light area on the occasion of Valentine`s Day.
The All India Network of Sex Workers will set up RTI centres in the four metros - Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai - to enable community members get information from government officers in their fight to get their rightful place in society.
Retired sex workers from Asia`s largest red-light district of Kolkata`s Sonagachi, who are forced to live a life of penury after falling out of favour with customers because of advanced age, would soon be rehabilitated in a new home.
The prevalence of HIV in Mizoram has come down appreciably in the last few years, thanks to the hard work put in by former sex workers and HIV patients in spreading awareness about the lethal nature of the virus and AIDS.