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Prostitution in Kolkata formerly Calcutta is present in different forms. Prostitution may be brothel -based or non-brothel based as in the case of call girls. Prostitution is legal in India. The total of prostitutes in Kolkata Prostitution area in howrah unknown. Some estimates state that there are more than 60, brothel-based women and girls in prostitution in Kolkata. The population of prostitutes in Sonagachi constitutes mainly of NepaleseIndians and trafficked Bangladeshis women.
According to some sources the most common form of trafficking consists in offering false promises or some offer of help out of a dead-end or crisis situation, force is used later after the prostitutes have already been sold. It is not very familiar or much discussed book till now.
In this drama, a good description can be found about the negative attitudes shown by the then existing 19th century educated Bengali Babu class of people towards the prostitutes and the prostitution. From the first half of the 19th century, centering on Sonagachhi, a huge organised prostitution area surrounding Cornwallis Street on the east, and Chitpur on the west were formed. Although many areas in Calcutta were inhabited by those prostitutes outside those areas also. On the south it was Kalighat to Khidirpur dock areas, in the middle-Calcutta it was Kalinga-Fenwick Bazar, on the far south in Kareya area many girls from different social-classes of Hindu-Muslim-Christian communities were engaged with Prostitution area in howrah profession.
More than that, there was no clear 'mark' or 'boundary-line' between the 'gentleman areas' and the 'prostitutes areas'. Many areas had scattered or mixed up population of those two kinds. Rather, many areas could be termed as 'half-gentleman' areas, Prostitution area in howrah normal gentleman's families and various types of prostitutes co-existed side by side.
From the middle of the 19th century, the British colonial administration, Christian Missionaries, and native English-knowing educated 'Victorian' Indian gentlemen started campaign against prostitutes. This was their part of the project of social 'sanitation' process for creating the so-called 'gentle-society'. Under the leadership of Mr. Bowbazar has a red-light district where about 12, prostitutes work. The adjacent Tiretta Bazar area is mainly a loading — unloading point with offices or godowns of a large of transport companies.
The area is very unsanitary. There is a small red-light district in Garia. In south Kolkata, there is a red light district in the neighbourhood of Kalighat. Located around the banks of the Adi Ganga canal, an estimated 1, to 1, prostitutes live and work there.
Some will go on to the Middle EastAfrica and Europe. The red-light district in Kidderpore is the third largest in Kolkata. There is a small, little known red-light district in north Kolkata called Lebu Bagan. About prostitutes work there in four streets. The largest red-light district in Kolkata, is Sonagachi, it is also the largest red-light district in India. ly there were many Bengali prostitutes in Sonagachi. But now-a-days Rajasthani and Khamia-Nepalese prostitutes have gained in .
According to class-division, the red-light areas of Kolkata are also divided into four different classes: poor-class, lower-class, middle-class, and rich-class. For example, The red-light area which once existed opposite to the diagonal angle of Khanna Cinema Hall was of 'poor-class'.
When they contacted customers, they asked them " Khat-e na Chot-e "?
Which means, "Do you want to sleep in wooden cot or on jute-sheet spread over the floor? The areas near Elliot Road could not be exactly referred as a 'prostitute area'. Mainly Anglo-Indian citizens lived there. Prostitutes who also lived there in different houses, they used to do their business in Kothhas or Kuthhis small empty rooms for prostitution purpose only scattered over the area. The Bengali customers generally never visited those Kuthhis. People who are not involved in any way with prostitution business and do other good jobs, and lived in their family-owned houses for many years, but who have not been able to move out of the area due to financial or other reasons, they have marked their houses as such so that they are not disturbed by customers or any other persons in any way.
The character of race courses and red light areas of different cities of the world are almost same. But the character of Sonagachhi is a little bit different. Prostitution in Kolkata is illegal like many other big cities of the world. Though it is flourishing right in front of the nose of the administration. Several non-government organizations and government organizations operate here for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases STD including AIDS.
Sonagachi project is a prostitute's cooperative that operates in the area and empowers sex workers to insist on condom use; a relatively low percentage of prostitutes in this district 5. According to some sources, prostitutes from Sonagachi who test HIV positive are not told about theand live with the disease without knowing about it "because the DMSC is worried that HIV positive women will be ostracized. There are so many women working here, and in the end, everyone is prepared to work without protection for fear of losing trade.
Tollygunge is Prostitution area in howrah small red-light district located near Prince Anwar Shah Road. Generally they use hotels booked by client or the flat of their pimp. Male prostitutes often pick up clients in the Maidanparticularly in front of the Victoria Memorial. Call girls operate independently and through pimps or escort agencies.
Prostitution is operated from many beauty parlours and massage parlors in the city. However, when the client cannot provide a place of convenience, the agents provide one and the place is generally decided on before. Call girls in Kolkata may come from middle class, upper middle class and upper-class families. They may be executives, housewives, college students or actresses. The Kolkata Police have connections with many call girls working as their informers. Many criminals like to spend time with the girls. Hence some call girls are used by the police to get information about suspected criminals.
Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee DMSCwhich runs the Sonagachi project and several similar projects in West BengalProstitution area in howrah for the recognition of sex workers' rights and full legalization. Born into Brothelsa American documentary film about the children of prostitutes Prostitution area in howrah Sonagachi, won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature in Shohini Ghosh and Dr.
It has won the Jeevika Award for the best documentary feature on livelihood in India. Popular actor Kamal Haasan 's movie Mahanadhi has a storyline based on the Sonagachi.
The film won three awards at the 41st National Film Awards. Sridhar and K. The Malayalam Film Calcutta News depicts the story of women being trafficked and forced to become sex worker in Sonagachi.
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