Prostitution and Beyond is an edited volume that discusses a spectrum of issues that are pertinent to sex workers in India. These issues have been dealt with on various research platforms before. By collectively presenting these diverse research conclusions, this volume explores the broader interconnectivity of issues that affect women in prostitution. Its objective is to reach a wider audience consisting of both women who are initiated, and those as yet uninitiated into prostitution. This volume takes on the responsibility of countering the negativity that has come to be indelibly associated with any mention of sex workers. This is reflected in the construction of the sections and the choice of papers, group discussions, interviews and commentaries included in this volume. Throughout its four sections of feminist discourse, ethnographic studies, socio-economic legal-health frameworks and cultural reflections, this book draws on the experiences of academicians, activists, researchers and scholars with varied backgrounds.

Legal Interpretations of Prostitution: Cases and Judgements

Legal Interpretations of Prostitution: Cases and Judgements

Legal interpretations of prostitution: Cases and judgements

Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act (ITPA) sources its powers, as mentioned from Articles 23(1) and 35 of the Constitution of India. Article 23 is a Fundamental Right—the right against exploitation. It prohibits traffic in human beings and forced labour, and, any contravention thereof is punishable by law, in view of which the ITPA came into being. Article 39, further, deals with the Directive Principles of State Policy—positive, although non-justiciable obligations that are to serve as guidelines in policy-framing and implementation. Drawing on the strength of these provisions and the headlining Act itself, the Indian Courts have seen a range of decisions being passed on prostitution and immoral trafficking related cases. They depict wide-ranging ...

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