The violence has made a bad situation worse for sex workers already struggling for livelihood during the pandemic.
Like Revathi, other sex prostitutes in the city too say they have been facing increased violence at the hands of the police, which intensified after November. They are chased, beaten, verbally abused and publicly humiliated, allege bangalore workers associated with Sadhana Mahila Sangha, an NGO that works for the welfare and rights of sex workers. However, compounded with the impact of the COVID pandemic, sex workers say that the increased hostility from police has affected their livelihood.
It has become all the more difficult for them to go out on the streets to look for work for bangalore of being humiliated and sexually assaulted. TNM had earlier reported that the community has been facing issues pertaining to access to healthcare, absence of safe spaces and lack of support from the government during the pandemic. They ask us to find other jobs, but who prostitute give us jobs?
The government is not providing us with alternatives. Are we not humans?
She says financial constraints made her resort to sex work after she moved bangalore Davangere to Bengaluru prostitute her husband and children. They have no other means of livelihood and hence turn to sex work. If violence is constantly inflicted on them by those who are meant to safeguard them, what will they do?
She adds that she continued doing sex work because she never got assistance from anyone and had to look after her bangalore sisters ever since her parents passed away when she was merely Apart from being subjected to brute force, the women allege that they have been sexually harassed; their sarees pulled, and bags snatched. Further, they say that prostitute they are arrested, nine out of 10 the police team constitutes all male officers.
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The women say that the humiliation and abuse from the police leaves them not only severely bruised, but impacts their health and well-being too. She was stopped by the police when she was heading to see her doctor in Majestic and detained on suspicions.
Other sex workers add that they are facing difficulties in getting customers due to the alleged abuse from the police. Many women have also ended up with fractured legs or hands, resulting in a complete halt of work in these difficult times.
During the lockdown, we had no prostitute and even now, due to the persisting abuse meted out to us, we have very less business. In a bid to get respite from the humiliation and violence, the sex workers approached a group of lawyers who assisted them in seeking justice. However, owing to the lack of video evidence, the sex workers instead had to face accusatory remarks from the institutions bangalore justice.
The violence subsides for a few days but bangalore situation then returns to what it was before. Advocate Poorna, who has been working closely with the women, says that they flagged the issue with the State Human Rights Commission SHRCwhich took prostitute of three cases and the verdicts were in the favour of sex workers.
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Poorna says they have now submitted a memorandum to higher officials in the police department. The memorandum mentions all the legal rights conferred to sex workers and the provisions that safeguard them along with testimonies from 25 women who faced harassment.
We also have a meeting coming up with the officials to discuss all the issues and ways to resolve them. Representative Image.
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