Mumbai, the financial capital of India, an important port city and a hub for human trafficking. The city harbors some of the largest Red-Light Areas (RLAs) namely Kamathipura, Falkland Road and Vashi-Turbhe in the country and Prerana has been working in the midst them. The strategy and the situation makes it important to work inside the RLA. The horror of trafficking for sex trade manifests right there where the victims live like captive slaves and their children are rendered helpless captive victims for the sex trade. A positive intervention has to be in that area. Since years, Prerana has been consistently mapping these RLAs and the changes within and around the habitation. While we say there has been a steady decline in the number of brothels in these RLAS we consider it very important to share what we observe and measure and substantiate the observations.
From our data collected since 2010, across all the three centers, we discover that there has been a steady change of hands in these habitations with the number of commercial establishments increasing while the number of brothels declining.
In this series we released our first article ‘Kamathipura Red-Light Area – Structural Dynamics and Demography – 2010 to 2017’ (which can be referred to have more insight on the background) on November 13th, 2017.
This is our second article highlighting the correlation between the Infrastructural changes and the subsequent effect on the Falkland Road Red-Light Area!