• Focusing On The Most Marginalised Sector In The Current Pandemic: The Sex Workers

    Author(s):
    Moumala Bhattacharjee
    Editor(s):
    IJLLR (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Law, Sociological jurisprudence
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Law and society
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/efan-zr16
    Abstract:
    Due to the outbreak of COVID 19, when social distancing and avoiding physical contact became a norm that restricts the “dhanda (a colloquial term meaning 'business') of the sex workers. School of their children turned out of lack of devices like smartphone, internet facility, etc which is needed for online classes. All workers are living in one apartment in claustrophobic cabins as the brothel owners shut the business. Govt. barely thinks about them also doctors are not willing to visit their places. Initially, some of the NGOs started to help them but they also could not foresee the long-term lockdown problem. The majority of the clients of the sex workers comprise migrant labourers but an exodus of migrant workers makes their life more miserable. Some of the sex workers are also migrant workers but they hide their status from their family and there is no way to return. More than 90% of Commercial sex workers are in the street under permanent debt bondage due to this one year and more of the pandemic. This kind of heavy debt bondage becomes intergenerational bondage where sex workers in the future might force their daughters too in sex work for repayment of such debt.
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