A prostitution racket has been busted in Hyderabad with the arrest of four people from Mumbai, late on Saturday night. Those arrested include an actress from Bollywood and another television actress. Two brokers, who were running the racket online and booking rooms in star hotels in posh Banjara Hills area, were also taken into custody. The police conducted the raid on a room at Taj Deccan following information that an organized sex racket was being conducted. Police, however, have not identified the actresses.
Prostitution being the “oldest profession of the world”, incidents like this has become an ordinary sight. It is disheartening to know that India is one of the biggest markets for prostitution in Asia with Mumbai alone accommodates 200,000 prostitutes. If a Human Rights Watch report is to be believed, as many as 35% of them enter at an age less than 18. Trafficking and sex tourism is further imposing problems and spread of HIV/AIDS is on the rise at an alarming rate with woman being more prone to infection.
Economic and psychological distresses contribute majorly to the entry of prostitutes in this profession. The first and the foremost cause of prostitution is Poverty. It brings helpless woman to the doors of prostitution who seldom finds any other avenues to feed her other than prostitution and makes it the source of her livelihood. Viewing women as a commodity is another factor which pushes the woman on the downslide from which there is no coming back. There are reports on how poor, young rural girls are allured and brought to cities and towns with the promise of getting them a job or of getting them married but are later thrown into prostitution.
Every hour, four women and girls in India enter prostitution, three of them against their will. Most of the girls are brought from Nepal and Bangladesh and are trafficked to brothels in Mumbai and Kolkata at an average age of twelve. They are trapped into the vicious cycle of prostitution, debt and slavery. By the time they are in their mid-twenties, they are at the dead end.
As there is no proper law, the sex workers are exploited by the pimps and the owners because they have nowhere to go. The abusers ought to end up in jail for their crimes. Once a female is involved in such activities she is not accepted back in the society or family, which results them continuing the same activity under social pressure. There’s lack of a regulatory body and the severity of the actual situation is not being comprehended. Government schemes need to have an empowering impact for the victims. They should be provided vocational training and education so that they do not face the same trouble again. Laws should be made not just to remove prostitution but also to change the mentality of people who are interested in paid sex by punishing them in a severe manner. Instead of bickering on whether or not prostitution should be legalized, steps should be taken to completely eradicate this social evil so as to revamp the plight of women in India.