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Sex workers’ groups in India say not all women in the trade are victims or trafficked sex slaves
By Nita Bhalla
NEW DELHI, Jan 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sex workers in India have slammed a global conference on the abolition of prostitution, saying campaigners for the end of the sex trade failed to recognise some women were prostitutes out of choice and not due to coercion, trafficking or force.
Participants at the Delhi conference - including former sex workers from South Africa, Canada, India and the United States - have been sharing stories of sexual slavery and calling for an end to prostitution by punishing clients, pimps and traffickers.
But sex workers’ groups in India said there was a difference between voluntary sex work and sexual exploitation, and that not all women in the trade are victims or trafficked sex slaves.
“We are against anyone who does not recognise us as human beings who can take our own decisions,” said Kiran Deshmukh, a sex worker from Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad, a collective of sex workers from India’s western state of Maharashtra.
“Making us victims with no agency is a violation of our human right to work in sex work. By ‘abolishing’ us they are not helping us - they are ignoring our need to work and earn a living with dignity.”