Necessary Step

Improving access to healthcare for women in India’s “cultural sex work” communities is a fundamental first step to removing their systematic oppression, writes physician Abraar Karan. In this intergenerational form of sex work, prostitution is forced on girls as a family tradition. A number of Indian tribal communities — whose livelihood as performers, such as acrobats and jesters, was outlawed under British rule — observe the practice.
 
Most men of the tribes don’t work, Karan says, and substance abuse, STDs and domestic violence are widespread. For the tribes’ women, poor health makes “the struggle of finding economic alternatives to sex work … all the more challenging,” he writes.
 
Source: The World Post

 

Please note: We misspelled Abraar Karan's name in an earlier version of this piece. We regret the error.

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