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She walks a short distance to reach Kamathipura, where she had lived most of her life. But during the Covid lockdown, Sonam was left with no option but to move to a kholi in Nalasopara. Activists say that sex workers largely dispersed to the fringes of the city as incomes dwindled considerably for them, as well as for brothel managers, during the lockdown. The mapping exercise showed that Kamathipura brothels had reduced from to between and this year.
Now several bag manufacturing units operate out of the same buildings. These too have diminished extensively, over time and have been replaced by guest houses. At Falkland Road nearby, where brothels reduced to in the same period, manufacturing units have seen a clear surge 13 units opened up in There has been an increase in saree roll-pressing and metal work units.
Seven new tea stalls have started; one of them by a woman enrolled in an economic rehabilitation programme. Video parlours that provided adult entertainment have also shut down. A middle-aged sex worker told TOI she had started selling vegetables in the lockdown when sex trade halted. Some of them did start selling essentials during the lockdown. A large of sex workers survived on aid provided by non-profit groups during lockdown. At Vashi-Turbhe, where the red-light area was confined to kachha hutments, unlike the pucca buildings of Kamathipura, brothels have reduced from to between and this year.
One of the brothels was replaced by an NGO working for the welfare of women and children. Their houses are spread out. Most of the brothel managers here are tenants. Vyas added that with new-age tech, sex workers have begun to solicit over messaging apps and do not have to remain present in red-light areas anymore. A study by the International Justice Mission IJM had shown that absolute s of minors in the sex trade has definitely reduced.
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