Dangerous Myth

More and more men visiting the red-light district in Kolkata, India, are willing to pay steep fees to be with virgin girls under the mistaken belief doing so can cure or stave off HIV.

The myth of so-called “virgin-cleansing” originated in Africa in the 1990s and spread to Southeast Asia. Some thought the practice no longer prevalent in India. But as poverty pushes a wave of migrants into Kolkata, sex workers and the social service organizations that work with them say the misconception has resurfaced, putting young girls at risk of being trafficked and contracting HIV.

“We need to stop this now,” says anti-sex-slavery advocate Dipesh Tank.

Source: News Deeply

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