Mumbai: As a white man, Corban Addison acknowledges he took a risk entering the brothels of Mumbai pretending to be customer but he was determined to make his novel about sex trafficking as authentic as possible.
Your overall assessment of the trafficking problem in the city?
Unfortunately, sex trafficking is thriving in Bombay. Experts estimate that there could be as many as 500,000 women in prostitution in Bombay. Of those, 40 per cent are children, all of whom are, by definition, trafficked into the trade. A large percentage of adult women in prostitution are also trafficked into the trade by force, fraud or coercion. Typically, the victims are young women and children from villages who are recruited by traffickers through the fraudulent promise of work in the cities. When they arrive - often by train - they are sold to pimps and brothel owners and forced into prostitution in any number of different venues, from the more traditional "cages" and "welcome" brothels of Kamathipura and Falkland Road to beer bars, dance clubs, friendship clubs, slum brothels, and flat brothels scattered across the city.
How much of the city is there in your novel?...more
01:45 PM, Mar 14, 2012