That day a woman despised and shunned by society, chose to fight for me which my own mother, a respectable woman from a good family, refused to do long back!
“People ask me the benefit of my work or what do I get out of it," says Alka Gujnal, a single woman army who works to get sex workers of Budhwarpeth in Pune, their dignity as human beings.
The stigma surrounding sex work needs to be dismantled to empower sex workers and to put an end to their abuse. This requires financial inclusion.
The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act victimises sex workers instead of protecting them from the evils of pimping and brothels. How can we make it more humane and inclusive?
“She will get everything, but not life. She will sell her flesh, her dignity every day. She will die every day to feed us.”
Back in her room, Shanaya reflected back at the strange encounter, the connect she felt in her bones. Had she imagined that conversation there? Was it wrong to dream, she wondered.
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