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Empowerment of Sex Workers

Empowerment of Sex Workers The Kolkata Experience SWATI GHOSH This is in response to Moni Nag

The Kolkata Experience

T his is in response to Moni Nags article on Sex Workers in Sonagachi (EPW, December 3, 2005). The unique success of the STD/HIV intervention programme in Sonagachi has been described in the article as an active catalyst for initiating radical social change towards empowerment of the sex workers. The remarkable success in controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS and achieving a consistently low rate of sexually-transmitted diseases among the sex workers is to be acknowledged in no uncertain terms. But it is surprising that in highlighting the sex workers as pioneers of a revolution and heralding the struggle for empowerment against the powerful vested in sex trade, the aspect of work and the sex workers demand for rights in Sonagachi receives only a mere mention in Nags writing.

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