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new Delhi21 minutes agoAuthor: Akshay Bajpai
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- If there was a lockdown, then there was a chance of dying of starvation, so more than half the sex workers left Kothi.
- There are 110 red light areas across the country, more than 28 lakh sex workers, Kothi number 40 to 71 on GB Road, Delhi.
No mask, nor hand sanitizer nor fear of corona. Yes, the financial condition of the sex worker living on GB Road in Delhi has become so bad that they have no fear of Corona. They are just waiting for the customer. So that they can get some money. Some NGOs distributed hand sanitizers, masks and gloves to him. But she does not use these things. She says, we don't have a corona. If a customer asks for a sanitizer or mask, they give it to him after placing it. Read this live report from GB Road …
GB Road is a red light area in Delhi. Here for years, the workers of Serx have been doing business.
It was ten in the morning. The women were sitting outside the cells in pairs of two each. She was showing her hands to every visitor. She was speaking about walking upstairs. Most were middle-aged. Some were calling people coming out from the bottom with hands and voice from the windows above. I stopped in front of Kothi number 42. As soon as I stayed, the lady showing her hand said, Come on. I said, I have come to interview. On hearing this, the gestures of the woman changed and she turned her face. I said, you have to know the circumstances. Bid, what will happen to him. Many come here. Let's write. But nothing happens. I said, you talk. So said, go upstairs, there will be talk.
Sex workers live in such cells. They have to pay commission to the owner of the house to stay here.
I took steps towards the stairs of the Kothi. There was no light or air on that ladder. It seemed that they were entering a cave. As soon as you stepped a few steps, the room appeared. The sex worker was sitting where the customer was waiting. Started calling near. I went to an elderly woman sitting in the corner and told that I had come for an interview. How is your life going. The elderly woman laughingly said, hungry, dying. Customers stopped coming after the lockdown. So the earning stopped. How are things going now? Some people are looking forward to this. Ration food and tea go away. The other woman sitting next to the elderly woman driving a mobile said, Do not take photo-photos here. Talk about what to do. Don't you fear Corona? Asked this, Corona is not here. We did not have anyone here. But due to this, the customers definitely stopped coming. In the first day, he would earn five-hundred thousand. They now remain empty handed. Saying this, the woman got up and left. Those who were nearby had already moved around the room.
This is how sex workers sit outside the closet on GB Road.
This is the position of Kothi number 42, which is on GB Road in Delhi. This part between Ajmeri Gate to Lahori Gate is called Red Light Area. Here sex workers from number 40 to number 71 have sex workers. Before the lockdown, the number of prostitutes here was three to four thousand, which has now come down to thousand. Due to the closure of the business, if someone goes to his village, someone is with a friend. Those who could not go anywhere are here. Social institutions were distributing rations to them in lockdown. Some also distributed hand sanitizers and masks.
The condition of sex workers has deteriorated since the lockdown.
Some customers have started coming, they are afraid, then clean their hands with the sanitizer
After Kothi number 42, I moved on to Kothi number 49. Three or four sex workers were sitting outside waiting for the customer. One of them said Bano, now some customers have started coming. If they are afraid, then the NGO's man cleans his hand with the hand sanitizer he has given. There was a lot of ration between April and June. Once, even small cylinders got them filled. But from July onwards, the support got very less and the customers did not return. The biggest problem was the lack of money. Now you can fill your stomach with ration but you also need money to live. Many times we do not even have money to buy spices if the ration is not fulfilled. The handler stopped lending vegetables. Since July, there is a lot of trouble because earlier the institutions were distributing ration and food, now they are not coming as much. One gave us a token and said that he would get ration soon and then he did not come back till today. When we called her on the number, she said it is a wrong number. Did the government help you? On this, the government never comes to peek here. Neither we have ration card nor voter id. Some rooms have ration cards, so they get ration.
Sex workers are seen on the windows but they do not let them take their photos. She says people of our family will not like it.
Many of them have children, want to teach them, they have not even told how to earn
Most of these sex workers have children, who are studying outside villages or in other cities. She wants to teach her children. They have not even been told how they are making money. Khairatilal Bhola, the president of the Indian Patita Salvation Sabha, who has been fighting for the rights of sex workers for the last 50 years, says that she has never had such a bad condition. There are prostitutes on GB Road from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Karnataka to Nepal and Bangladesh. Now the new girls are less here. Most are middle aged. They are minors, then brought into the business and then their whole life is spent on their cell. Nobody asks them after 50-55. Five to six people share in the earnings of a sex worker. It consists of brothel mistresses, brokers, managers, police and medical ones. If someone has received 500 rupees from the customer, then only one-hundred and one hundred rupees are left. Everyone else gets divided.
According to Khairatilal, there are 1100 red light areas across the country right now. There are about 28 lakh sex workers and they have 54 lakh children, who live far away from them. Some study. Some make wages. But the government does nothing for them. We are also running a school for their children in Varanasi, Allahabad, so that they can read and write. There was a lot of ration in the lockdown, but now their condition has become such that they are hardly getting food for two times.
New girls are also banned from the closet, do not run away from the bottom
Most of the sex workers doing business on GB Road are between 35 and 60 years old. New girls charge 500 rupees. Those who are middle aged, they get ready for a hundred or two hundred rupees, because there is no other way of earning their income. According to Khairatilal, even new girls do not have permission to come down from the closet. She is under the supervision of the owner and brokers of Kothi. Fear not to run away from the bottom. It is months, they roam the road. Only peeks from windows. When they are middle-aged, then they are allowed to go out, but then they cannot go anywhere even if they want to.
There is no way to avoid the corona virus in these cells. Neither the mask was used nor the hand sanitizer was using it. Suman said, we also got investigated. We are all negative. These are mothers, says Khairatilal, due to which our sisters and daughters who go out on the road are safe. If they stop this work too, then there is no need to tell how unsafe women will be on the road.