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Pounded by coronavirus pandemic, Europe's largest brothel files for bankruptcy

04 Sep 2020

Pounded by coronavirus pandemic, Europe's largest brothel files for bankruptcy

Europe's largest brothel has become the latest victim of COVID-19, the disease which has shattered economies, killed thousands and sickened millions.

In social-distancing era, how has the life of sex-workers changed?

30 Jun 2020

In social-distancing era, how has the life of sex-workers changed?

The rules of the world, like maintaining a respectable distance, minimizing social contact, and wearing masks, don't fit the bill for sex workers, whose livelihoods depend on physical touch.

New Zealand opens doors for immigrants with sex work skills

26 Apr 2018

New Zealand opens doors for immigrants with sex work skills

New Zealand (NZ), which became the first country in the world to legalize prostitution 15 years ago, has gone a step further.

India's oldest brothel Sonagachi gets a colorful makeover

31 Mar 2018

India's oldest brothel Sonagachi gets a colorful makeover

Often described as India's oldest and Asia's largest red-light district, Kolkata's Sonagachi has got a vibrant, colorful makeover, courtesy transgender artists and a Bangalore-based art collective.

Prostitutes and escorts offer services on LinkedIn despite ban

18 Feb 2018

Prostitutes and escorts offer services on LinkedIn despite ban

Five years ago, LinkedIn noticed thousands of profiles on the platform offering sexual services including escorts, "happy-ending massages" and more.

Kerala woman forcibly converted, trapped as sex slave for IS

11 Jan 2018

Kerala woman forcibly converted, trapped as sex slave for IS

Two persons have been arrested in Kerala for allegedly forcing a 24-year-old woman to convert and planning to take her to Syria as a 'sex slave' for IS terrorists.

How did an Afghan sex-worker get Aadhaar card as 'Delhiite'?

20 Dec 2017

How did an Afghan sex-worker get Aadhaar card as 'Delhiite'?

Even as activists wage war on Aadhaar based on its many alleged flaws, another case has come to light that might strengthen their case.

Delhi: Summons issued to 125 brothel owners in GB Road

08 Sep 2017

Delhi: Summons issued to 125 brothel owners in GB Road

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) served summons to 125 brothel owners in GB Road, the infamous red light area, regarding their closure.

This Durga Puja, Sonagachi's sex workers will don chef's hat

05 Sep 2017

This Durga Puja, Sonagachi's sex workers will don chef's hat

This Durga Puja will bring cheer to some of Sonagachi's sex workers in more ways than one. Around 30 of them will be selected to work as chefs in pandals.

Report: 15% brothels provide minors for sex in Mumbai

17 Aug 2017

Report: 15% brothels provide minors for sex in Mumbai

Minors form a major part of India's sex trade. A report by IJM and Maharashtra Commission for the Protection of Child Rights claims at least 15% of Mumbai's commercial sex establishments offer underage women for pleasure.

British model released after being kidnapped for "sex slavery"

08 Aug 2017

British model released after being kidnapped for "sex slavery"

20-year-old British glamour model Chloe Ayling was released five days after allegedly being kidnapped in Milan.

Yazidi activist held as ISIS sex slave returns to Iraq

04 Jun 2017

Yazidi activist held as ISIS sex slave returns to Iraq

24-year-old Nadia Murad, a Yazidi activist who was held as a sex slave by ISIS militants, returned to her village Kocho in northwest Iraq.

Demonetization crushes dreams of trafficked Bangladeshi sex worker

06 May 2017

Demonetization crushes dreams of trafficked Bangladeshi sex worker

Demonetization threw life out of gear for many, but there were some who were helplessly trapped, like Aruna.