Sex workers in WB to boycott polls if their demands are not met

April 12th, 2009 - 5:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Siliguri, Apr 12 (ANI): Complaining of neglect and subjugation by the mafia, police and political leaders, the sex workers in Siliguri district of West Bengal have united to boycott polls if their demands are not fulfilled.

More than 3,000 sex workers, who residing in the brothels of Siliguri, claim that they have been fighting for years for their recognition.

Since they never received any positive response, now they have given in unison call for ‘No Status, No Vote’ ahead of the elections.

“We have our problems. How to feed our children? How to pay our rent? If all demands not met, we will boycott polls. We have a huge association,” said Sikha Dutta, a sex worker.

Some of the sex workers even mentioned that they are fed up of the same empty promises made to them by the politicians of all hues before the elections.

“We being in the society never got any recognition from the government unlike other people. We are cursed. We also demand some respect,” said Shibani Karmakar, another sex worker.Although prostitution is illegal in India, it is a thriving profession. Voluntary groups estimate that there are about two million women sex workers living on the fringes of the society. (ANI)

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