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.

Contesting Legal Positions on Prostitution from a Human Rights Perspective

Contesting Legal Positions on Prostitution from a Human Rights Perspective

Contesting legal positions on prostitution from a human rights perspective

The present Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (ITPA) is an outcome of an amendment of the Suppression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girls Act, 1956 (SITA). This was implemented in India as a result of the United Nations International Convention for the Suppression of Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of Women, New York, 1950, of which India was a signatory member. The SITA has been amended twice since its implementation. It was first amended in 1978 and then came ITPA in 1986, which merely extends the scope and application of SITA. Across these legal amendments, however, there has not been any fundamental re-thinking of the ...

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