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.

The Invisibles: A Study on Kolkata's Call Girls*

The Invisibles: A Study on Kolkata's Call Girls*

The invisibles: A study on Kolkata's call girls
IshitaMajumdar and SudiptaPanja

She may be the seemingly self-confident executive, a company asset. Or she may be the typical middle-class housewife walking past you, leading a child by the hand. Or she may be just a college girl who usually ‘hangs out’ with her friends in discos. Yet, all it takes is a phone call. A ‘contact’ for a ‘programme’, and these housewives, executives, actresses, college students shift to their identity as call girls.

What economic constraints, childhood misfortunes, compulsions from relatives and advice from friends or peers drive them to this profession? What is their life like? How do they cope with the emotional and physical stress or with diseases like ...

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