Guilty without Trial

Guilty without Trial

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Author: Carolyn Sleightholme
Indrani Sinha/
Publisher: Stree
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 163
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185604177


Carolyn Sleightholme and Indrani Sinha write with rare perception and sensitivity about the lives of sex workers in Calcutta who have shared their stories with them. Through interviews and surveys, and case studies, they interrogate the double standards of sexual morality that govern the lucrative sex trade in India, thus making visible the more than twenty thousand mothers, heads of households, and community members whose activities and voices have been silenced so that others may profit from their activities.

Linking the social and economic vulnerability of sex workers to the trade’s supply, the authors reveal the harassment, economic insecurity, health hazard and stigmatization these women face, and they offer recommendations for intervention programmes by government and other organizations so that their needs may be addressed and their exploitation halted.


Social activists will appreciate this book because its viewpoint is not dry and only research-oriented. Discrimination regarding law, oppression by the police, health problem, economy, everything has been discussed in detail.
-Maitreyi Chattopadhyay, Ananda Bazar Patrika, 1997

The authors make several recommendations for mitigating the harshest impact of prostitution on sex workers and their children. The overall focus of the recommendations is pro-sex workers rights without being pro-sex work.
-Ratna Kapoor, The Book Review





MAP: Calcutta and Its Neighbouring Areas


A Strategy for Survival

The Business of Trafficking

The Business of Trafficking

The Double Standards of the Law

Health and violence

Financial Issues

Working Mothers: Children and Child-Care

Clients and Babus

Interventions and Initiatives

Ways Forward


I. Male Commercial Sex-Workers in Calcutta

II. Some Laws and Verdicts Relevant to Sex-Workers

III. Addresses of Selected Organizations