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Sonagachi is the largest red-light district in Kolkata, India and one of the largest in Asia. It is an area with several hundred multi-story brothels and some 10,000 sex workers. Sonagachi is located in North-Kolkata near the intersection of Chittaranjan Avenue Shobha Bazar and Beadon Street, just north of the Marble Palace.

Current situation

In Sonagachi at least 10,000 prostitutes make a living, some from remote villages or districts. Some are even trafficked from other countries like Bangladesh and Nepal. Clients often insist on sex without condoms. Out of fear of being abused or losing a baby, combined with ignorance, these girls are forced into extremely unsafe flesh trade. Many come from distant villages and hardly know what AIDS is before they are sold to pimps. Thus, as they are moved around the country they can unwittingly spread the disease. In eastern India, Calcutta has emerged as a hub for the trafficking of girls, who also arrive from Nepal, Bangladesh and Burma. These girls are coming from neighboring country for doing household work with some racket. Where they force to work as a brothel.From Calcutta they are often sold again to brothels in Mumbai (Bombay).

Today, several NGOs and government organizations operate here for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) including AIDS. The book Guilty Without Trial by the founders of the NGO Sanlaap based much of their research into human trafficking...
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