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Guilty Without Trial: Women in the Sex Trade in Calcutta

Guilty Without Trial: Women in the Sex Trade in Calcutta
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Item Code: IDF570
Author: Carolyn Sleightholme & Indrani Sinha
Publisher: STREE
Language: English
Edition: 2002
ISBN: 8185604177
Pages: 163
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.6" X 5.5"
About the Book:

They both are write with rare perception and sensitivity about the lives of sex workers in Calcutta who have shared their stories with them. Through interviews and surveys and case studies, they interrogate the double standards of sexual morality that govern the lucrative sex trade in India thus making visible the more than twenty thousand mothers, heads of households and community members whose activities and voices have been silenced so that others may profit from their activities. Linking the social and economic vulnerability of sex workers to the trade's supply, the authors reveal the harassment, economic insecurity, health hazards and stigmatization programmes by government and other organizations so that their needs may be addressed and their exploitation halted.

About the Author:

Carolyn Sleightholme is a consultant on health issues and legal rights of sex workers. She has an M.A. in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development studies in Sussex, U. K. She has worked with health and women's organizations in London, Calcutta and Rajasthan and as a social development consultant for the ODA in India.

Indrani Sinha is the founder and director of Sanlaap, a non-governmental organization that works to stop trafficking of women and children. An activist she is associated with several women's groups in West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and the Northeast. She conducts gender training and is a member of several national and regional networks in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. She is also the vice-president of ECPAT, and international organizational that strives to stop child sexual exploitation.

CONTENTS
Foreword Ix
Preface Xi
Acknowledgements Xv
Map: Culcutta and its Neighbouring Areas Xvi
Introduction 1
1 A Strategy for Survival 15
2 The Business of Trafficking 34
3 The Double Standards of the Law 52
4 Health and Violance 72
5 Financial Issues 92
6 Working Mothers: Children and Child-Care 100
7 Clients and Babus 112
8 Interventions and Initiatives 124
9 Ways Foreward 145
APPENDICS
I. Male Commercial Sex-Workers in Calcutta 151
II. Some Laws and Verdicts Relevant to Sex-Workers 154
III. Addresses of Selected Organizations 155
BIBLIOGRAPHY 156
INDEX 159

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