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Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is an important port city and a hub for human trafficking. The city harbors some of the largest Red-Light Areas (RLAs) in the country namely Kamathipura, Falkland Road and Vashi-Turbhe in the country.  In such areas, victims of commercial sexual exploitation (VCSEs) typically live in slave-like conditions, with their children often falling into the horrific trap of inter-generational prostitution and sex trafficking. Since 1986, Prerana has been working in the midst of these RLAs to protect these vulnerable children.

To make the work that we do as effective as possible, Prerana has been consistently mapping changes within and around these RLAs from 2010 onwards. In this data, we have noticed a steady decline in the number of brothels in these RLAs – information that we consider important to share.

From the data presented below, we can note that in Falkland Road, the number of commercial establishments (such as hotels, tea stalls, and paan bidi shops) has increased, while the number of brothels in the area has accordingly declined. This indicates a steady change in this area.

This is our second article highlighting a correlation between infrastructural changes and the number of brothels in the Red Light Areas. For more background information, please visit “Kamathipura Red-Light Area – Structural Dynamics and Demography – 2010 to 2017’”.

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