Law, Sex Work and Activism in India

Routledge Handbook on Gender and South Asia, ed. Leela Fernandes (2014)

King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2017-30

35 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2017 Last revised: 7 Aug 2017

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Prabha Kotiswaran

King's College London - The Dickson Poon School of Law

Date Written: October 22, 2013

Abstract

This chapter offers the reader possible ways of making sense of opposing images of Indian sex workers by parsing through the complex terrain of the contemporary Indian sex work debates. I start by offering the context in which sex work has come to be debated in India over the past 20 years. I then delineate the varied feminist positions addressing the “prostitution question” before offering both an account of Indian sex workers’ mobilizational efforts over the same period and their articulation of a position that views sex work as a form of reproductive labor that ought to be socially and legally recognized as work.

Suggested Citation

Kotiswaran, Prabha, Law, Sex Work and Activism in India (October 22, 2013). Routledge Handbook on Gender and South Asia, ed. Leela Fernandes (2014), King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2017-30, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2939167

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