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She is among thousands in the informal industry hit hard by the pandemic, leaving them with little or no resources. However, a couple of recent developments promise to bring some respite.
On October 7, an NHRC report, 'Human rights of women in the context of Covid', recognized sex workers as informal workers - a reference later amended following a backlash from pro-abolitionist activists. Under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act,sex work itself isn't illegal, but soliciting customers and maintaining any place as brothel is.
I work hard to feed my family and this is not a sin," she says.
K Santhakumaripresident of Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers, says the need is to work towards providing licences and legalizing sex work. Over the last 25 years, statutory bodies such as the National Commission for Women NCW and the Verma Commission too recommended that the trade be recognized and delinked from trafficking-related policies.
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