in ,

Situation of Sex Workers During COVID-19

In this situation, sex workers in the country are facing enormous discrimination. Even after the lockdown ends, social differences will have a negative impact on their livelihood.

Image for representation purpose only.

I am a professional in the development sector for the last 7 years and I have worked on a lot of projects on women’s rights. In times like this, no one is talking about the sex worker community. How will they survive during COVID –19 without money?

I have seen and read lots of news and reports on how difficult it’s for migrant labour to survive in lockdown with no source of income and how migrant labourers are travelling back to their ancestor home and lots of people coming in support of sending the labourers back home but what if I tell you, there is a group of women who do not want to go back home and some of them even don’t know where their ancestor home is. The one who is aware, can’t go back due to social stigma and society norms.

As per the National AIDS control organization, there are close to 6-8 Lakh sex workers in India and I have not seen a single beneficiary program for them. A few questions rises during this lockdown and COVID times, who is taking care of them? How they are surviving? Is there any lifeline left for them? How they are paying bills, buying grocer? How they are maintaining their personal hygiene, many of these women’s who were on medication for different diseases including HIV-AIDS will not be getting proper treatment. Who is making them aware of social distancing rules as social distancing don’t work for them.

Sex workers are often the main breadwinner for the whole family, their sibling, their children, so impact is on the whole family. Most of the women in brothels are a victim of human trafficking and  have been living in brothels since their childhood.

In this situation, sex workers in the country are facing enormous discrimination. Even after the lockdown ends, social differences will have a negative impact on their livelihood. Some NGOs have come forward to help, but existing resources are not sufficient to sustain them for the duration of the lockdown.

 

Credit goes to Sunil Choudhary

The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.

This post was created with our nice and easy submission form. Create your post!

The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.
This post was created with our nice and easy submission form. Create your post!

What do you think?

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading…

0

Comments

0 comments