Posted by: ramrajya | October 12, 2009

Cine Actors and Government must combine to counter prostitution, and help rehabilitate of poor Girls. Tamil Speech by S.V.Ramani.

Cine Actors and Government must combine to counter prostitution, and help rehabilitate of poor Girls. Tamil Speech by S.V.Ramani.

In India, prostitution itself (exchanging sex for money) is not illegal, but the surrounding activities (operating brothels, pimping, soliciting sex etc) are illegal.
Prostitution is currently a contentious issue in India. In 2007. Quoting a study on ‘Girls/Women in prostitution in India’, Former Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said that out of the total number of prostitutes in the country, 35.47 per cent entered the trade before the age of 18 years. The number of prostitutes has also doubled in the recent decade.
According to a Human Rights Watch report, Indian anti-trafficking laws are designed to combat commercialized vice; prostitution, as such, is not illegal. A sex worker can be punished for soliciting or seducing in public while clients can be punished for sexual activity close to a public place, and the organization puts the figure of sex workers in India to be around 15 million, with Mumbai alone being home to one lakh (100,000) sex workers, the largest sex industry centre in Asia [4]. Over the years, India has seen a growing mandate to legalize prostitution, to avoid exploitation of sex workers and their children by middlemen and also in the wake of growing HIV/AIDS menace.

The Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act, 1956 (“ITPA”), the main statute dealing with sex work in India, does not criminalise prostitution or prostitutes per se, but mostly punishes acts by third parties facilitating prostitution like brothel keeping, living off earnings and procuring, even where sex work is not coerced.

We have to think over about the poor girls in Tamilnadu, who are compelled for prostitution due to their poverty and for their daily food. The Government and big cine Actors must adopt a declaration and approve a plan of action to counter the problem of prostitution, and protect Girl children’s rights and help rehabilitate those who have been abused.


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