ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sex Work

Rakesh Shukla’s views on trafficking and entry of minors in sex work (January 6, 2007) hark back to an old problem for which a possible solution has not yet been found in India. Early in 1872, the then colonial administration came up with a number of measures to prevent prostitutes from bringing up small girls and their joining the profession. Registration of these children, imposition of penalties on prostitutes who possessed such children, and taking these girls away from the prostitutes, were some of the proposed measures.

In response to a questionnaire sent by the government of India seeking views of district magistrates on these proposals, Gour Das Bysack (a friend of the Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt), who was at that time the deputy magistrate of Howrah, expressed his objections based on the ground reality:

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