But, the problem arises when one forcefully makes someone to do this against their will. In India there are about 1000 red light areas, and more than 500 hidden markets where girls are sold. In every 30 minute a girl is trafficked, kidnapped or forced to come to this line. Many girls are forced to enter the sex trade between the age of 9 to 13 years, and once gone many of them cannot come back to their home again, because girls from such places are considered to be out cast in Indian society.
Ruchira Gupta, founder of Apne Aap Women Worldwide- a grassroot organization in India working towards ending sex trafficking said, “Prostitution is not illegal in India, raids are conducted inside the brutal houses to rescue children below the age of 18. The people who are all asking for legalization of prostitution are actually asking for legalization of pimping and brutal keeping, brutal ownership etc. so, basically they are asking for the legalisation of sex industry.”
She also added, “Sex industry should be punished as it is a part of a rape system. Traffickers should be punished, pimps should be punished, brutal managers should be punished because they are buying and selling women, and making a profit out of it.”
We also spoke to Durbar Mahila Samanvaya Committe (DMSC), in Kolkata, which works to enhance an objective to establish, promote and strengthen the rights, dignity, social status, and improvement of the quality of life of all sex worker communities to know their views.
Smarajit Jana, Chief adviser of DMSC and All India Network of Sex Workers said, “We are supporting the decriminalisation of sex laws, we support the sex laws to be considered like any other work, as it is a livelihood option for more than 3 million women in our country, and they support their family with this business. It is a sort of entertainment work, and the sex workers provides sex to them as a service.”
On human trafficking, which is a major problem in prostitution Jana said, “Trafficking arises, where the things are un-regularized and where things goes under the carpet. It gives the scope to mafias, attraction of police and traffickers to exploit things. If their is proper legislation and regulation, then the trafficking will reduce to zero.”
Smarajit Jana feels that the basic problem with the society is that, they see an occupation as a moral condition, and not as a livelihood option.
“In our history, sex workers were legalized. There was a government policy to support and to protect sex workers. In Hindu culture sex workers were respected.”