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.

Ground Realities of the Legal Framework*

Ground Realities of the Legal Framework*

Ground realities of the legal framework

Everyday Payments

The police constables (both men and women) from the nearby Faraskhana Police Station and the Shukrawar Peth Police Station visit the Red Light Area in Pune three times a day. In accordance with the legal authority vested in them, the police pick up 10–12 girls everyday, presumably for taking them to the police station. If a girl is seen soliciting in a public place, the police have the right to pick her up. But in reality, the girls/women are picked up by the police anytime even if they are not actually soliciting but doing minor purchases or simply hanging about at a shop or a tea-stall.

They then try and hire a three-seater (rickshaw) ...

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