Members of a collective said priority should be given to education of children of sex workers

Sex workers in the city have demanded legal and political advocacy, mainly to address exploitation in the field.

‘Safe spaces’

At a workshop organised by Indira Female Peer Educator Collective — a group of female sex workers — nearly 25 women urged policy makers to develop advocacy strategies for safe spaces for female sex workers. 

A permanent address with medical and legal counselling facilities will help improve the conditions of sex workers, who are subjected to verbal and physical violence by clients, auto drivers, pimps and brokers, and even policemen at times, said K. Kalaivani of the Collective. “This will also prevent child trafficking, group sex and forced sex,” she added.

Need for self-defence training

Ms. Kalaivani also suggested that sex workers be trained in self-defence techniques and martial arts such as karate.

“Priority should be given to ensuring an education for the children of female sex workers and, subsequently, employment opportunities. The women should be encouraged to take up vocational training and self employment,” she said.

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