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VOICES

 |  Passion & compassion  |  7-minute read
শিশু পাচার, Prostitution, Sex workers, Human Trafficking

Why I want political parties to talk about human trafficking, and not Ram Mandir, this election season

Victims of human trafficking don’t make headline news. That's despite the huge numbers of them and their unbelievable trauma. Why is there such deafening silence from our voluble politicos on this?

VOICES

 |  3-minute read
Sexual harassment, Sex workers, Prostitution, Me too movement

Why India's #MeToo movement is silent about sex workers

Do sex workers not undergo sexual harassment — of a more horrendous kind?

VOICES

 |  11-minute read
Sex workers, Slavery, Lok Sabha, Anti-trafficking bill

Anti trafficking Bill - A good move, which needs myths separated from its realities

No, it does not target voluntary sex workers, and is not a rehash of existing laws.

ART & CULTURE

 |  15-minute read
Kerala, Sex workers, Book Extract

A sex worker on why Malayali men are the worst to women

[Book extract] In Kerala, even a sixty-four-year-old woman like me won’t be able to find a house.

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Red light area, Sex workers, Mother-son, Photography

How photographs of my sex worker mother strengthened my relationship with her

The mainstream society and the outsiders call our areas 'red light' but as an insider I never dub our localities in that term.

VARIETY

 |  7-minute read
Prostitution, Transgenders, Women, Sex workers

Sex workers are not objects. 10 films show cinema on prostitution must change

It is important that they break free of the gender binary and represent sex workers as human beings

ART & CULTURE

 |  Mixed Medium  |  5-minute read
Photojournalism, Photography, Souvid Datta, Sex workers

Framing the sex worker: The photo Souvid Datta did not plagiarise

No matter how ghastly the image, a child rape survivor was reduced to being a subject, a vacuous stereotype.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Literature, Sex workers, Saadat Hasan Manto, Manto

Why it's hard for an actor to play Saadat Hasan Manto

With all the nuances of his compassion and eccentricities.

VARIETY

 |  3-minute read
Sex workers, World AIDS Day

World Aids Day: Empowering women can control spread of HIV

Figures of new infections have declined; however, it would be foolhardy to take the numbers at face value.

POLITICS

 |  Angiography  |  7-minute read
Caste Atrocities, Dalit politics, Sex workers, Mayawati

Mayawati was called 'worse than a prostitute' for being a Dalit woman

The continuous denigration of sex workers is perfectly in sync with our caste affliction.