Facts and Figures About Prostitution
- In 2007, the Ministry of Women and Child Development reported presence of 2.8 million sex workers in India, with 35.47 percent of them entering the trade before the age of 18 years. The number of prostitutes has also doubled in the recent decade.
- A quarter of the total number of prostitutes are minors, in over 1,000 red-light districts all over India.
- Every day, about 200 girls and women in India enter prostitution, 80% of them against their will (CEDPA and PRIDE, 1997).
- A survey by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development reveal that 4.9 % of the prostitutes in Kolkata born within the city.
- Mumbai, the largest flesh market in the country has reached the figure of 1.5 lac (150 thousand) prostitutes. Mumbai’s major red light areas count up to 75,000 prostitutes, out of which almost 50% carry the HIV infection.
- According to a 1994 report in Asian Age there are at least 70,000 women sex workers in Delhi, Madras, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. 30% of these women are under 20 years of age. 40% are 20-30 years of age, and approximately 15% of them became prostitutes as children under the age of 12.
- About 7,000 sex workers cross over from Nepal into India every year. 66% of the girls are from families where the annual income is about Rs 5000. They may be sold by their parents, deceived with promises of marriage or a lucrative job or kidnapped and sold to brothel owners. Between 40 – 50% are believed to be under 18, the age of consent in India, some are as young as 9 or 10 years old.