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This is the story of Munni, a commercial sex worker from Sonagachi, the largest red-light district in Kolkata, India. Sonagachi, translated as Golden Tree, has several hundred multistory brothels built in the winding lanes and is home to some 10, sex workers. UNODC interviewed Munni, sixteen years old, who shares how she was trafficked, made her escape, returned to the brothels and how the economy of her trade works. I tell people I am a Hindu and that my name is Munni.
I am sixteen now but I tell people I am twenty years old. I have been here for five years and this is my home. I have no family. She looks after me, feeds me, even gives me money to buy saris dresses for Durga Puja. But she means business and I have to work. When I was little, a man came to my house and said he will keep me in a palace and that I will marry a prince but I have to do as he says.
He brought me to Kolkata and left me here at one of the dirtiest brothels promising to return but never showed up. Munni: The brothel was owned by a fat woman and we called her 'aunty' in Bengali. First she bathed and fed me. I was given a bed to sleep and clean clothes. I felt happy to be among kind people. Then on the third day she put make up on my face and made me stand along with the 20 other girls, for the men to pick their choice.
At first I did not understand what was happening and thought we would be selected to go to a new home. When I understood what was happening I tried to escape. I was caught, locked in a dark room for a week and beaten with a thick wooden stick. They made sure not to hit on my face, chest, thigh and stomach as customers would not choose me. One night aunty was drunk and sleeping and her brother was in another brothel. I ran away as fast as I could.
I saw a police man on the road and told him my story. He promised to help me. He and his three friends raped me. I returned to Sonagachi and found a new aunty.
Munni: In this brothel there are 20 to 24 girls and 10 rooms. Not all girls work for aunty. Some come here to chit-chat as business is very slow these days. Some work on their own and have rented rooms in Sonagachi for Rs. Before two years, in total, we would get around 15 customers a day.
In peak time I would get customers a day. My earlier rates were Rs. Some of the high category girls would earlier charge Rs. Now we work on the fixed rate system for all for Rs. The customer has to separately pay 25 percent extra to her as service charge. Mainly college boys, lawyers, married men, some goras foreignersrestaurant owners and taxi drivers come. At times the police raid the brothels but aunty slips them some money and offers her best girls to them.
The business s again. Since business is slow these days, we parade the streets from 11 am onwards. Competition is high, as almost every day 'dalals' traffickers get 5 to 10 girls as young as 7 years old. The brothels are filling up and we are forced to move elsewhere in search of business. Are you aware of this? Even if we insist on condoms, customers pay an extra 25 percent as a bribe to the aunty. We are not allowed to go to the camps. Munni: Quite a few are drug users. They are usually addicted to nicotine and heroin. They are often sluggish when they come to the brothel and can hardly speak.
They force you to try drugs with them as well. One forcefully made me swallow and I fell sick losing a lot of business that day. I had to shell out the loss. They usually agree to use condoms but cannot as they find it difficult because of the drugs. Munni: 'Ma' will never let me go and she is good to me and this is my home.
She has promised to send me to Mumbai someday. I am here of my own will. Even if I leave this place where will I go? The society will always label me as a prostitute. I am scared wherever I will be employed, the men will rape me. Even if I marry a prince tomorrow and wear expensive saris dresses and sit in a big car, people will still think I am a prostitute. I cannot change that. I wanted to become a nurse and take care of people. I have a secret lover and he used to be one of my regular customers. He is a taxi driver and we are planning to marry. I will make sure my daughter is never born into a brothel, is educated and lives her dream.
India: My life in the 'red lights' of Sonagachi This is the story of Munni, a commercial sex worker from Sonagachi, the largest red-light district in Kolkata, India.Lady looking sex Calcutta
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India: My life in the 'red lights' of Sonagachi