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Why India’s sex worker communities need support to survive the COVID-19 pandemic

On International Day of Sex Workers, SocialStory highlights the plight of the sex worker communities who have been rendered jobless during the lockdown and need support to survive the pandemic..

Yes, sexual exploitation and slavery exist. But they are not the same as sex work

In her recent piece, Sex work or slavery?: Why human rights discourse is no longer a tool for liberation, Nandita Haksar bases her entire argument on the faulty premise that “almost all women who have been in prostitution call it slavery”.

Read More:  courtesy Letter to Chief Minister of Karnataka

We, the representatives of the National Network of Sex Workers, representing over 15 collectives and federations of people in sex work across India.

Read More:  Final-Letter-CM-Karnataka-19-Oct-2014.pdf Adult consensual sex work not in ambit of Section 370: Activists Welcome Move

Sex workers and Women’s rights activists across India welcome the Government’s move to drop the word `prostitution’ as exploitation from the amended Section 370 of the Indian Penal Code. The new formulation targets sexual exploitation and not adult consensual sex work.


The South Asia Regional meeting on Sex Work(er) rights was conducted by Sex Workers & Allies South Asia (SWASA) in Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 and 11 July, 2016.

Read More:  Final-Report-SA-Regional-Meeting-SW-Rights-Nepal.pdf Report on the workshop on draft Bill

The introduction to the workshop was given to the participants and the participants were brief about the expected outcome from the workshop.

Read More:  Full-report-on-Draft-Bill-24th-June.pdf Rights Violations Cases And Recommendations

On June 23rd 2016, a raid and rescue operation was carried out in Satara’sMulanchaoddaarea. 6 girls and 2 brothels were picked up by the police.

Read More:  Rights-violations-Recommendations-UPR.pdf Consultation on Engaging with the Universal Periodic Review Process

Summary: India will be reporting at the Human Rights Council in May 2017 as part of the Universal Periodic Review. Sex work (er) rights has never been included in the previous reporting process (2008, 2012)

Read More:  Workshop-report-final-UPR.pdf