Written by Kajal Singh
International Day of No Prostitution is ascertained on 5th October to oppose the practice of sex work. Initially ascertained in 2002, the day aims at increasing awareness concerning the ill effects of whoredom. It was at first established within the United States and Australia followed by North American countries and the Philippines. In India, whoredom is against the law but several activities are still being carried out. There are about 2 million sex workers and staff estimated within the country. According to a report by the Ministry of ladies and child development, there are over 3 million female sex workers in Asian countries out of that about 35.47% enter this field before the age of eighteen.
International Day of No Prostitution is supported by organisations just like the University of the Philippines Institute of Human Rights and therefore the Coalition Against Trafficking in girls. Some events are organized on the observance to highlight its importance- Candlelight vigils, panel discussions, rallies throwing light on the negative impact of whoredom are spoken. It additionally showcases the rise of forced prostitution and the way several lives are lost within the process.
In 2008, there was an IDNP light vigil held in Phoenix, Arizona. Afterward, the vigil occurred once more in 2010, and town leaders and former prostitutes attended in massive numbers. In 2010, CATW observed IDNP by opposing the choice in Bedford v. North American country to strike down Canada’s anti-prostitution laws. A bunch of former human trafficking victims and sex staff in North American country conjointly opposed the striking down of those laws; they even picketed a courthouse in downtown Toronto, Ontario in recognition of IDNP.
Events organized on the occasion include (but aren’t limited to) candlelight vigils, panel discussions, rallies, pickets, etc. they’re aimed toward raising awareness of the importance of struggling against whoredom, sex trade generally, human trafficking, and industrial sexual exploitation.
INDP is ascertained primarily by anti-prostitution feminists UN agency regard whoredom as a sort of male dominance over ladies and a type of exploitation. It ought to be noted that not all feminists have such views on whoredom.
Even today in India, some of the most prominent cities of the country for prostitution in public are notorious societies, lanes, where open prostitution takes place.
October 5 is also celebrated as the International Day of No Prostitution. It was started by Philippines University in 2005. After this, it began to be widely accepted in the cities of California in America and Melbourne and Victoria in Australia.
Gradually, Canada then started celebrating this day in many countries of Asia. However, in India, just to celebrate such a day with pomp or any such case when some women or men together have not spoken such a business, as no incident has come to light.
On the other hand, in India, even today, some of the most prominent cities of the country for prostitution in public are notorious societies-lanes, where prostitution is openly done.
- GB Road of Delhi
Even today, the business of prostitution continues to operate on the Garstine Bastin Road, situated in the heart of the country’s capital, Delhi. Even today, prostitution trading can be seen in broad daylight. Many brothels are famous for dancing and singing here. In the year 1965, its name was changed to Swami Shraddhanand Marg.
- Sonagachi of Kolkata
This red light area of the capital of West Bengal is known as the largest red light area in the country. In many reports, information about thousands of women getting trapped in the business of sex trade is coming out.
The area is at Chittaranjan Avenue near Shobha Bazar in North Kolkata. There is a trend of giving licenses to women related to the business here.
- Kamathipura of Mumbai
Mumbai is most notorious for body trade in India. Here in Kamathipura, body trade is carried out in public. There have been reports of many girls being trapped from UP, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.
- Mirganj of Allahabad
Meerganj, located in the heart of Allahabad, called the Intellectual Capital of Uttar Pradesh, is one of the major red light areas in India. Even today, in this market adjacent to Chowk Market, Allahabad, there is a business of sex trade. There were many voices to stop it. Because in these infamous streets, the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was also born.
- Budhwar Path, Pune
In Pune, which is counted among the most delightful cities of India, there have been cases of open fireplaces in the Red Light area located on Wednesday Peth. There have also been reports of hundreds of women being trapped here.
6. Red Light Area in India
The history of prostitution in India is old. Nagarvadhu was prevalent during the rule of the princes. This was followed by several cases of prostitution in the 17th-century Portuguese colony in Goa. But in the 20th century, the British brought the trend of red light areas in India.
The British had brought their troops to India in large numbers. But his family members could not come with him. In such a situation, the British had officially set such places to meet their physical needs. Where physical needs were met in exchange for money. This trend continued even after he left.
Some of them oppose solely forced prostitution, acknowledging the right of ladies to engage in prostitution if they opt for, therefore. They assume that it’s necessary to support sex employee activism against abuse instead of struggle against every kind of prostitution.
On 5 October, the International Day of No Prostitution is celebrated to condemn the practice of sex work. Originally founded in 2002, the day seeks to raise awareness of the negative impacts of whoredom. It was originally developed in the United States and Australia, followed by the nations of North America and the Philippines. In India, whoredom is against the rules, but there are still many practices that are carried out. It is estimated that there are about 2 million sex workers and employees in the country. There are more than 3 million female sex workers in Asian countries, according to a study by the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, out of which about 35.47 percent joined this sector before the age of eighteen.
Institutions including the University of the Philippines Institute of Human Rights and thus the Alliance Against Trafficking in Girls endorse International Day of No Prostitution. To reinforce its importance, several gatherings are held on the observance-Candlelight vigils, panel discussions, protests that shed light on the negative effects of whoredom are spoken. It also exposes the rise of forced prostitution and the manner in which many lives are sacrificed in the process. In 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona, an IDNP light vigil was held. Subsequently, the vigil took place again in 2010, and civic officials and former prostitutes attended in massive numbers. By rejecting the option in Bedford v. North American country to knock down the anti-prostitution laws of Canada, CATW experienced IDNP in 2010. A coalition of former victims of trafficking in human beings and sex slaves collectively protested the strike down of such laws in the North American country; they also picketed a downtown courthouse.
Events held on the occasion are not only limited to candlelight vigils, panel discussions, marches, pickets, etc. They seek to emphasize the importance of battling whoredom, sex trade, human trafficking, and sexual abuse in the industry.
Opinions expressed are that of the author.