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Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati turns into a flesh trade hub
Andhra Pradesh's new capital city Amaravati is fast turning into a flesh trade hub. While the dark trade is spreading like wildfire, there has also been a steep rise in the number of HIV positive cases.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu wants to make Amaravati a world-class capital and a tourism hub. However, officials feel that the rising number of prostitutes and HIV cases will affect the image of Amaravati. 

A survey undertaken by an NGO has revealed that more than 2000 women are engaged in flesh trade in Amaravati and its surrounding Tulluru, Mangalagiri and Tadepalli areas.  

Maruti Mahila Society (MMS), a voluntary service organization is regularly supplying 70,000 condoms among 1300 women revelers every month. An additional number of 1000 women in the surrounding areas are reportedly making 'life in the fast lane' as a profession. 

The MMS disclosure also shows that the number of organizers of brothel hubs has increased along with the number of whores since the capital's construction started in Amaravati. Two hundred more professionals were identified this year when compared to their numbers from last year. 

MMS organizer Lakkamraju Sunita told that 50 HIV positive cases were detected among them and they were being given medicines and a nutritional diet. The ailment is more in Uddandarayapalem, Velagapudi, Kishtayapalem, Mandadam, Nulakapeta, Prakashnagar, Krishna canal, Undavalli, Kunchanapalli bypass, Kolanukonda, Atmakuru, Vaddeswaram, Ratnalacheruvu, Pavuralapalem, Errabalem, Vadderapalem and Dharanikota villages. 

The MMS is supplying 70,000 condoms with the help of the government and various voluntary service organizations are supplying another 50,000 condoms as a preventive measure intended to stop the spread of AIDS. However, despite the measures, over 600 fresh HIV positive cases have been detected in Amaravati. 

It is evident that about 60 per cent of the overindulgent are from poor Dalit families. The NGO study further revealed that women laborers coming from Odisha and north costal Andhra for the capital's construction work are also resorting to debauchery.

On an average, they cohabit with gents twice a day, but their earnings do not exceed Rs 500 per day. 

Sunita's further stated that some men were against wearing condoms and it was the main reason for the spread of AIDS among the women participating in intercourse. The women who were unable to resist them were falling prey to AIDS due to lack of awareness about it. 

The Andhra Pradesh State Aids Control Society (APSACS) noticed that the immoral activity was prevalent alongside the main roads, national highways, brothel houses, lodges and slum areas. 

The society has identified such immoralists as high risk groups and is making efforts to create awareness among them about AIDS and control of it. With the increase in the number of harlots the incidence of AIDS is also on the rise. It is highly objectionable that the temple town area of Amaravati is turning into an abhominable 'flesh trade centre'. 

Guntur district, which forms part of the AP state capital region, tops the list of HIV positive cases in Andhra Pradesh. The district also had the dubious distinction of being the "HIV capital'. 

If the data available with Andhra Pradesh State Aids Control Society (APSACS) is any indication, Guntur had the highest number of HIV positive cases since 2012-13. Guntur district registered 5,195 (including 2,498 female) HIV positive cases during 2013-2014 and 6,027 cases (2,938 female) in 2014-15. In 2015-16 4000 new HIV cases came up in the Guntur district. 

"The high prevalence of HIV in Guntur district is worrying us all. We are making all out effort to bring awareness among people about the prevalence of HIV and the measures to be taken to prevent this dreaded disease. But, still new cases are appearing," AP State AIDS Control society (APSACS) official said.

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