Prostitution is a sensitive issue. Indian se# workers are in business in large numbers due to situations beyond their control. India also claims to have some of the largest red light districts in the world, of which few actually are.
They are here.
1. Sonagachi, Kolkata
With the sad title of Asia’s Largest Red Light Area, Sonagachi is a world in itself. It is home to over 11,000 se# workers. Watch the Oscar-winning documentary, Born Into Brothels, to learn about the lives of children born to prostitutes here. Very hard to hit stuff.
2. Kamathipura, Mumbai
India’s second largest red light district has a staggering number of se# workers, most of whom live in unrest. There is also a small beedi rolling industry in the area which is run by women. In the 80s, gangsters like Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim often visited Kamathipuram.
3. Budhwar Peth, Pune
Clearly the third largest red in India with around 5000 commercial se# workers. The area is also a hub for electronic goods and books.
4. Mirganj, Allahabad
This red light district is notorious for illegal trafficking and forced prostitution. It is also very dangerous for the visitors, which is obvious that this place looks like hell.
5. GB Road, Delhi
Another large red light area, this place is known to have hundreds of brothels on the streets. On the ground floor there are markets for machinery and vehicle parts and above it are brothels or brothels. Fabulous.
6. Chaturbhujsthan, Muzaffarpur
This ancient temple area has been in existence with brothels since ancient times. Sounds strange, but when you think about the high social space that prevailed in the old days, it all makes sense.
7. Itwari, Nagpur
The Itwari area, known as Ganga Jamuna, is a hotspot for se# workers along with other activities.
8. Shivdaspur, Varanasi
This Red Light Village is another relic of antiquity which lost its luster sometime back. It is located on the outskirts of the city of Varanasi and is known for cheap home-run brothels in the village.