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Rising poverty is responsible for booming sex industry
It is shocking that in India girls as young as nine are forced into prostitution due to lack of education and money, and government is hardly making any efforts to help these innocent girls.

FIGURES RELEASED by International Labour Organisation (ILO) show that about 21 million people or three out of 1,000 people globally are forced into labour and can't leave their jobs as they are constantly under pressure. A conference on women's rights was told that younger girls are being dragged into prostitution because of global economic crisis and about 4.5 million women and girls are victims of sexual exploitation.

Girl trafficking trade is reportedly worth $32 billion a year. In India, every day 500 girls and women enter into prostitution, 80% of them against their will. The statistics available on the number of prostitutes operating in the country is not exact because sexual exploitation, sale of girls and children are unreported crimes. However, some intensive project studies and research works reveal that there are about 3 million prostitutes in India.

"We are seeing the number rise in 10 red light districts while the age of the girls is falling," Ruchira Gupta,  founder of Indian charity Apne Aap Women Worldwide told Reuters, adding the average age of female prostitutes in India was between nine and 13.  "We need to invest more in girls and women so that there are options other than prostitution, organ trade, or (becoming) child soldiers," she said.

Rising poverty is blamed for driving more young girls into sex industry. Cuts in funding to women’s projects have reduced the options of earning easy money for women and girls other than prostitution.

Noyanika Chaddha, Project head of 'Save the girls from Prostitution' said: “Prostitution should be acknowledged and thus legalised as a profession. If it is legalised, the government would be able to register these sex workers and devise some programmes for them. I also think that taxation and health regulation could be applied.”

“It is foolish to say that prostitution should be legalised just because the government cannot eliminate it. We cannot change our society's approach to sex by just taxing and legalising it. I strongly believe this is moral issue and well regulated industry would make it safer,” said Punita Mohan, a lawyer with Jaipur Hight Court.

The clandestine form of prostitutions will continue to proliferate alongside the establishment of legal prostitution businesses because of social patronage. It can be controlled by theory of prohibition of the buying but not the selling of sexual services, by this way only the client commits a crime, not the prostitute.

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