What About the Kids?

There are 11,000 sex workers in Sonagachi, the largest red-light district in Kolkata, India. How to keep their children safe?

Sociologist Urmi Basu founded an organization called New Light to cares for the children and helps them avoid a life of sex work. The staff of 35 provide food, clothing and health care to kids as well as a safe space to do homework. 

For her efforts, Basu recently was given the Nari Shakti Puraskar award, India's highest civilian honor for women.

The Quote: “This is my reality. Once I get one child situated, another one appears at my door,” Basu said.

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