Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Five Faces, Four Statistics, India, 2007

1. "It takes up to fifteen years for girls held in prostitution via debt-bondage to purchase their freedom." (Robert I. Freidman, "India’s Shame" The Nation, 8 April 1996)

2. "The red light district in Bombay generates at least $400 million a year in revenue, with 100,000 prostitutes servicing men 365 days a year, averaging 6 customers a day, at $2 each." (Robert I. Freidman, "India’s Shame" The Nation, 8 April 1996)

3. "December 1997, a nine-year-old girl from Pune was found living with a 54- year- old Swiss national in a Goa hotel for over nine months. When contacted, her father said she was there with his consent. The man was released following an investigation." (Meena Menon, "Tourism and Prostitution," The Hindu, 14 February, 1998)

4. "The main frequenters of prostitutes in Goa are tourists, local men and college boys. United States "seamen" ask locals in Goa which bars to find prostitutes in. Some men have taxi drivers bring prostituted girls from Baina back to their hotels in Panjim. The next morning, the taxi drivers rape the girls before taking them home." (Taxi driver, Meena Menon, "Tourism and Prostitution,"The Hindu 1997)

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