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  • Kolkata: Sex workers asked not to entertain Africans due to Ebola threat August 17, 2014

    Kolkata: Sex workers in the city's largest red light area Sonagachi have been asked by an NGO, working for their welfare, not to entertain Africans who are regular visitors to the place in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), a forum of...
  • The Big Debate: Should India legalise prostitution? December 15, 2009

    If you cant curb prostitution, why not legalise it? This is what the Supreme Court asked the Centre, reigniting the debate over regulating the world's oldest profession. The debate is beyond moral. The question is: Is prostitution a form of exploitation to be abolished or an occupation to be regulated? ...
  • Beyond morality: Legalise sex trade to combat HIV December 14, 2009

    New Delhi: From GB Road in Delhi to Kamathipura in Mumbai, sex workers are unanimous in the view that legalsing the trade will go a long in way in combating exploitation. A sex worker says, "Legalisation means less police harassment, so that is one good thing that can come out of...
  • SC for legalising prostitution, activists up in arms December 14, 2009

    Kolkata/New Delhi: The Supreme Court, while hearing a PIL on child trafficking last week, asked the Centre if it would consider legalising prostitution if it can't curb it. The apex court pointed out that it could help closely monitor prostitution and help provide rehabilitation and medical aid to sexworkers. The Court...
  • Oldest debate: to legalise prostitution or not? August 7, 2008

    New Delhi: Its a debate possibly as old as profession itself. There is now a renewed call to legalise prostitution. Also, the move to penalise clients visiting sex workers is inviting criticism. The Director General of National AIDS Control Organisation has said this will only push the trade underground. So...