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.

Female Sex Workers and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in India

Female Sex Workers and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in India

Female sex workers and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India
VikrantSahasrabuddhe and SanjayMehendale


Commercial sex work is rarely a preferred option for women but often it is a consequence of their social, cultural and economic vulnerabilities. The health of sex workers is affected by a wide range of social and personal factors including poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, substance-abuse, stigma, discrimination and forced servitude. Further, the nature of the profession requires avoiding unnecessary public contact and this denies access to adequate healthcare and social support thereby making them vulnerable to many sexually transmitted diseases (UNAIDS 2002). These cumulatively lead to their inability to prevent diseases, due to lack of any control over self decision-making resulting in continued acceptance of the sex ...

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