According to this Society’s finance manager Shantanu Chatterjee, this bank has 29,792 members across Bengal.
Earlier on, Usha Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited would see a deposit of Rs 5 lakh per day from sex workers.
According to Srabani Sarkar, founder secretary and director of anti-trafficking organization Humari Muskan, the number of women forced to join the profession because of lack of other job opportunities has been steadily increasing in Boubazar.
That’s where we are noticing a big influx in the number of new entrants.Papri is among the many new entrants in the city’s red light districts that has a total of approximately 11,000 sex workers.Every day, the brothels of Kolkata have record an influx of women who have come in search of work.Finally, she got hold of a para-boudi who introduced her to the world of sex workers in Sonagachhi.When poverty stares at the face, Papri isn’t ready to make any moral judgements about how she is earning money now.“After the currency crisis, few were interested in building houses. Since I had no luxury to choose a different profession that would prevent me from going hungry daily, I took to prostitution.Today, I stand on the road and look for customers,” she said.KOLKATA (Trust Law) - Their eyes lined with black pencil and lips painted red, women in sequined saris line the labyrinth of squalid lanes that make up Sonagachi, one of Asia’s largest red light districts in the old quarters of this bustling city.In front of open sewers, they chat on mobile phones and flirt with customers, who follow them into the dark doorways of decrepit brothels, up winding staircases into tiny rooms with just a bed, television and posters of Hindu gods on the walls. travel restrictions on visas for sex workers mean thousands of them have been unable to attend the annual International AIDS Conference (IAC), the world’s largest forum to discuss policy on fighting the deadly virus.However, right now, we are not including them as members of our bank,” Chatterjee said.Though new entrants are flocking the brothels, the earnings from this profession have taken a sharp dip.