West Bengal sex workers' request to celebrate Durga Puja rejected

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.

Commercial sex workers raise fund for J&K flood victims

Commercial sex workers of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra have raised funds to help flood-hit victims of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sex workers elated with voting rights

Sex workers living in Delhi`s infamous G.B. Road red-light area Thursday came out in good numbers to cast their vote.

Sex workers to exercise NOTA option in protest against apathy

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.

Sex workers demand basic rights, inclusion in voters list

An umbrella group of sex workers Monday requested the Election Commission to register the entire community as voters.

Sex workers protest against sexual violence on V-Day

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.

Sex workers` body to set up RTI centres in four metros

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 to get new home with all facilities in WB

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.

Former sex workers, patients bring down HIV incidence in Mizoram

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.

Switzerland`s new `drive-in sex boxes` branded rip-roaring success

Switzerland`s `drive-in sex boxes` or guarded prostitution site has been highly successful, just two months after their installation in Zurich.

First Durga puja in Kolkata red light area

Ostracised from Durga Puja pandals, sex workers of Sonagachi have for the first time broken shackles of social prejudice to organise their own puja.

AIDS epidemic`s end by 2030 seen: UN official

A top UN official said the global AIDS epidemic could be over by 2030 because of progress made in treatment and control of the disease.

Konkana Sen Sharma, Sakshi Tanwar in film on sex workers?

The makers of 'Kamathipura', a movie on sex workers, are trying to rope in actress Konkana Sen Sharma to play the lead role.

Sex workers` issues to be taken sensitively

The law enforcement agencies need greater sensitisation in handling issues faced by sex workers who are considered a social taboo, President Pranab Mukherjee`s son and Congress MP Abhijit Mukherjee said here on Wednesday.

43 minor girls rescued, prostitution racket busted

Police busted a prostitution racket and arrested 33 sex workers and pimps, including Bangladeshis, after rescuing 43 minor girls.

Dribbling past sex workers` ostracism tag

Come August 16, over a 100 boys across West Bengal will get set to dribble at the fourth edition of the annual sex workers` children football tournament here.

11 Ugandan girls rescued from flesh trade

Eleven girls from Uganda, who were forced into flesh trade, have been rescued by police from a house in Bagalur area.

`Give legal aid to sex workers, homosexuals`

The legal fraternity here Saturday underlined the need for the legal aid authorities to extend the assistance to marginal communities like sex workers, homosexual and transgender people.

HIV prevention programs for female prostitutes in India highly effective

A reduction in syphilis, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) was seen after peer-based prevention programs provided condoms and treated STIs among sex workers and their clients in addition to other activities, a study has found.

Goa cabinet defers decision on schemes for orphans, sex workers

Goa government on Friday deferred its decision on two crucial schemes for orphaned children and sex workers or victims of sexual abuse, stating that a rethink is necessary on them, before placing it for the next meeting.