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Prostitution in India
Top 3 Red Light Districts of Asia

By Sunny

Prostitute takin money from customer

Prostitution is the business or practice of engaging in sexual relations in exchange for payment or some other benefit. Prostitution is sometimes described as commercial sex. A person who works in this field is called a prostitute, and is a kind of sex worker. Prostitution is one of the branches of the sex industry. The legal status of prostitution varies from country to country.It is sometimes referred to euphemistically as "the world's oldest profession". Approximately the annual revenue generated by prostitution worldwide to be over $100 billion. Prostitution occurs in a variety of forms. Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution. In escort prostitution, the act may take place at the client's residence or hotel room. Although the majority of prostitutes are female with male clients, there are also gay male prostitutes, lesbian prostitutes, and heterosexual male prostitutes.[5] There are about 42 million prostitutes in the world, living all over the world. Prostitution is totally legal in countries like Australia , New Zealand , Canada , Brazil , Belgium , Germany , Austria and many more. In these countries even prostitutes pay taxes to their govt.
Although India is one of the fastest growing developing country today, but still, there are some dark corners in this country, that are lagging behind, with the present time. They are alienated from the modern world and the lack of education is one of the prime reason for that. Prostitution is a profession that has been into existence since ages. But, with the passage of time, this profession has undergone a lot of transformation. In India, prostitution is legal, but a number of related activities, including soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel, prostitution in a hotel, pimping and pandering, are crimes.Prostitution is legal only if carried out in private residence of a prostitute or others. In some parts of India, prostitution is still considered as a main source of family income. It is hard to believe, that in the present scenario, India habituates some places where girls of the families are forced into prostitution, even before they reach puberty.Let's take a look at three places in India, where this dark profession is practiced as an open secret, and families feel no shame in telling that their daughters, sisters are into this profession.

3. G.B.Road :- Garstin Bastion Road is a road from Ajmeri Gate to Lahori Gate in Delhi, parallel to the railway lines. G.B. Road is the fifth largest red-light district in India. It is an area with several hundred multi-story brothels and estimate over 1000 sex workers. It is lined with two or three-storey buildings that have shops on ground floor. About twenty of these buildings have about 100 brothels on the first floor that comes alive at night after the shops at ground level close. It is the biggest red light area in Delhi. The road's name was officially changed to Swami Shradhanand Marg in 1966.This is the area where girls and minors from the entire country are sold.

G B Road, new delhi

G.B.Road, New Delhi

2. Kamathipura:- Kamathipura is Mumbai's oldest and Asia's second largest red-light district. It was first settled after 1795, Initially known as Lal Bazaar, it got its name from the Kamathis (workers) of Telangana state, who were labourers on construction sites.Today, it is said that there are so many brothels in the area that there is no space for the sex workers to sit. They hang around in the streets, solicit customers, and then rent an available bed. This place in Mumbai no longer exists by its actual name and is now popular as ‘Red Street of Bombay’. Undoubtedly, the area is one of the most dangerous places in the financial capital where the crime rate is not likely to come down ever. Well, is that how we really tag Mumbai as the ‘City of Dreams’?

Kamathipura, Mumbai

Kamathipura, Mumbai

1. Sonagachi :- Sonagachi is not only the most dangerous and dishonorable area, but it is also the largest Red Light Area of Asia. Located along the banks of the Ganges in Kolkata. Kolkata in West Bengal is nicknamed the City of Joy for its beauty, but life in Sonagachi is anything but joyful. The pictures of women applying their make-up, waiting in their rooms and playing with their children offer a rare glimpse into the lives of the sex workers who ply their trade in Asia's largest red light district. They are the residents of Sonagachi, in the western city of Kolkata, an area swamped with hundreds of multi-storey brothels, housing roughly 14,000 prostitutes from all over India. It is thought as many as 1,000 women arrive every year to work in the brothels, and each of them have their own tale of how they came to live in the sprawling red light district. Approximately 30 minutes from Shonagachi the baiji culture (tawaif culture) is still prevalent at the Premchand Boral Lane or the Haarkata lane. Apart from prostitution, the oldest RLA in Asia is also known for several criminal activities.

Sonagachi, Kolkata

Sonagachi, Kolkata

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