India starts to take much-needed action on brothels
January 8, 2011 § 1 Comment
The arrest of two pimps in a raid in Chennai is a very welcome sign from the Anti-Vice Squad. Prositution is a massive problem in India for a plethora of reasons: poverty, women being trafficked, caste prejudice, drugs, the tourism sex trade, conservative attitudes. But a mountain is to be climbed stil as the police often remain reluctant to act on the mammoth problem. Pimps and the human sex trade provides healthy bribes to the authorities, and a policy of “don’t see, don’t act” has been the effective policy of the police.
18 women were rescued from the prostution ring in this raid, and the two pimps, both in their 50s were arrested.
The women were allegedly lured into the brothel after being promised work – then forced into sex work. The story is old. At any one time, estimates are that there are 15 million prostitutes in India, with a staggering 27 million children and women being forced to work as slaves in the sex trade each year.
Chennai police also cracked down on ten prostitution centres operating under the guise of spas – in 2009 there was not a single “spa” closed down by police. Assuming that these brothel spas have not all sprung up in a year, it is a very significant change in measures taken by Chennai police.
For the 18 women in their twenties, time for a new start and a new life. For countless others, the story is less positive and the problems are complex.
- ‘Untouchable’ brothel madam, 68, is jailed for running a chain of massage parlours (menmedia.co.uk)
- Regulating brothels will keep women on the streets (theglobeandmail.com)
- The prohibitionists and serial murder victims (newstatesman.com)