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Prostitution is the sale of sexual services for money. A prostitute is a person, "who allows her body to be used for lewd purposes in return for payment". It is not a problem which exists in India but exists throughout the world. India is home today to Asia's largest red-light district--Mumbai's infamous Kamathipura. ; G.B. road in Delhi .

According to the Human Rights Watch report, 15 million prostitutes of varied age groups, live and work in India. Most of the girls are brought from Nepal and Bangladesh. ''Young girls are trafficked from Nepal to brothels in Mumbai and Kolkata at an average age of twelve.

The majority of sex workers in India work as prostitutes due to lacking resources to support themselves or their children. Most do not choose this profession out of preference, but out of necessity, often after the breakup of a marriage or after being disowned and thrown out of their homes by their families. Lover giving false hope of marriage or job and selling to brothel. Unknown person/accidental meeting with pimp. Aged sex workers from same village or locality.

Also prevalent in Indian prostitution is the Chukri System, whereby a female is coerced into prostitution to pay off debts, as a form of bonded labour. In this system, the prostitute generally works without pay for one year or longer to repay a supposed debt to the brothel owner for food, clothes, make-up and living expenses. Some women and girls are by tradition born into prostitution to support the family. The Bachara, for example, follow this tradition with eldest daughters often expected to be prostitutes.

Types of Prostitutes(prostitution).
Street : In street prostitution, the prostitute solicits customers while waiting at street corners, sometimes called "the track" by pimps and prostitutes alike. Street prostitutes are often called "streetwalkers" while their customers are referred to as "tricks" or "johns. Servicing the customers is described as "turning tricks."

Brothels : Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution, often confined to special red-light districts in big cities. Prostitution also occurs in some massage parlours, and in Asian countries in some barber shops where sexual services may be offered as a secondary function of the premises.

Escorts : In escort prostitution, the act takes place at the customer's residence or hotel room (referred to as out-call), or at the escort's residence or in a hotel room rented for the occasion by the escort (called in-call). The prostitute may be independent or working under the auspices of an escort agency.

Virtual prostitution Virtual sex, that is, sexual acts conveyed by messages rather than physically, is also the subject of commercial transactions. Commercial phone sex services have been available for decades. The advent of the Internet has made other forms of virtual sex available for money. i.e. Chat rooms, Instant messaging (cyber prostitution).

Segmenting Prostitution.
Low level prostitution : (500 1,000 Rs.)
Footpaths. Streets etc.

Middle level prostitution : ( 2,000 - 5,000 Rs.)

Massage parlor. (may charge extra) Virtual prostitution. Brothels.

High level prostitution : ( 8,000 & above )


Marketing of prostitution.
A man who controls prostitutes and arranges clients for them, taking a percentage of their earnings in return.
By cards in newsagents' windows. By cards placed in public telephone enclosures: so-called tart cards. In specialist contact magazines. Word of mouth.

By euphemistic advertisements in regular magazines and newspapers (for instance, talking of "massages" or "relaxation"). One can select the escorts by checking the various profiles on the website. Pre-booking is also done through these sites. Massage parlours serving as a cover for prostitution may advertise "full service.

For a prostitute, rehabilitation means giving up prostitution in the first instance through a return to social life and acceptation of certain common social rules. The conditions for rehabilitation vary in accordance with the prostitutes' personality, age and social origin. Indulge in social activities, i.e. NGOs, etc. Teaching in private schools.

Some people opine that prostitution shall be made legal in India and accept them as a part of society because the problem of prostitution is inevitable. Legalization of prostitution and the sex industry will stop sex trafficking. Legalization of prostitution will control the sex industry. Legalization of prostitution will decrease hidden, illegal and street prostitution. In Thailand prostitution is legal, which has helped there tourism to grow as its one of the various countries for sex tourism. Prostitutes are tax payers in Thailand.

Legalitys Benefits
If its legal authorities can control child prostitution by barring prostitutes under the age of 18.

Will increase the tax revenue .

S.T.D. can be controlled by help of regular medical checkups & practice of safe sex .

Sexual crimes like rape & abuse will decrease.

Immoral traffic Act

The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act. The laws were intended as a means of limiting and eventually abolishing prostitution in India by gradually criminalizing various aspects of sex work. Sex Workers: A prostitute who seduces or solicits shall be prosecuted. Similarly, call girls can not publish phone numbers to the public. (imprisonment up to 6 months with fine, point 8) Sex worker also punished for prostitution near any public place or notified area. (Imprisonment of up to 3 months with fine, point 7) Clients: A client is guilty of consorting with prostitutes and can be charged if he engages in sex acts with a sex worker within 200 yards of a public place or "notified area". (Imprisonment of up to 3 months, point 7) The client may also be punished if the sex worker is below 18 years of age.

Pimps and Babus: Babus or pimps or live-in lovers who live off a prostitute's earnings are guilty of a crime. Any adult male living with a prostitute is assumed to be guilty unless he can prove otherwise. (Imprisonment of up to 2 years with fine, point 4) Brothel: Landlords and brothel-keepers can be prosecuted, maintaining a brothel is illegal. (From 1 to 3 years imprisonment with fine for first offence, point 3) Detaining someone at a brothel for the purpose of sexual exploitation can lead to prosecution. (Imprisonment of more than 7 years, point 6) Procuring and trafficking: A person procures or attempts to procure anybody is liable to be punished. Also a person who moves a person from one place to another, (human trafficking), can be prosecuted similarly. (From 3 to 7 years imprisonment with fine, point 5)

Rescued Women: The government is legally obligated to provide rescue and rehabilitation in a "protective home" for any sex worker requesting assistance. (Point 21)

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