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Why Kolkata?

While visiting Kolkata I recall the amazement upon reading, in The Times of India, that 40% of deaths in West Bengal were due to starvation (2010). But, despite this level of poverty, it is Kolkata’s geographical proximity to even more desperate countries (see map 1) like Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar, and the lure of alleged city jobs that make it such a “trap” for human trafficking.

porous, unpatrolled borders and the straight line trek to Bombay (now known as Mumbai), along with a centrality to the seaboard from the mouth of the Ganges, all contribute to Kolkata’s already high functioning red light areas (RLAs) as a “hub” from the north and east, as well as from within its own walls and countryside, to (and fro) the “Golden Triangle” of the sex trade in southeast Asia or west to Mumbai and from there to ports unknown (Dubai, Kuwait and other gulf states, and increasingly to the U.S.).  With its natural geographical position, and the growing, far-reaching tentacles of Kolkata traffickers, continued economic development between the west and India would seem all-important. But, this is another reason to be wary of Kolkata.

As Louise Shelley (2010), leading U.S. expert on transnational crime and founder and director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, reports:

Economic development in the most populous countries of India and China is not leading

to a diminution of the number of trafficking victims. The locus of victimization of

trafficking may, however, change in the future. Thailand may no longer be the center of

the sex trade in Asia, as its primacy may be challenged by…India, [an] economic

powerhouse with enormous income disparity (p. 170).

Japan is a striking example of economic development’s irrelevance to the culture of trafficking. To this day Japan accommodates the trafficking of over 100,000 girls per year on so-called “entertainment” visas (2010, Shelley, p. 153). Japan’s post-war development reversed the flow of trafficking rather than diminishing it.
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Another famous misconception is that the South/Southeast Asian sex trade thrives on sex tourism (though there is a small percentage). David Batstone, known as “America’s ethics guru,” reports stories of trafficked girls in the “Golden Triangle” area (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, etc.) who claimed most of the johns were local and hailed from Cambodia, Thailand, China, and India (2007, p. 36). Though Kolkata serves as a major hub for trafficking, its internal homebred problem of generational prostitution, as to a lesser extent with its competitors to the east, tempts historical [colonial] analysis of the situation. Shelley (2010) warns against this:

Thailand and Japan that were not colonized and the Philippines that endured centuries

of colonial rule all suffer from very serious problems of trafficking. The domination of a

country and its citizens by a foreign power in past centuries does not necessarily

contribute to significantly different levels of trafficking (p. 171).

Shelley speaks in terms of trafficking, in general, but it is the existence of brothels (Kolkata’s infamous Sonagachi, for example) that feeds the system. As mentioned, Kolkata contains one of the largest, labyrinthine RLAs in all of India, likely the world.

Physical Health:

Periodical physician’s check up

Regular visits to the medical practitioner

Extended treatment and medication for diseases like HIV/AIDS, UTI, and other STDs.

Mental Health:

A mental health or psychological approach has been deemed the most appropriate way of comprehending and dealing with the emotional health of the survivors of trafficking. Taking a psychological approach creates a link between social and cultural factors and mental wellness. This approach attempts to empower the victims in order to ensure a successful reintegration process. The process includes:


Life Skills Education - Beyond formal and functional education, Sanlaap incorporates life skills education within its education program. The objective for this education is to teach adaptive and positive behavior to victims/vulnerable children to enable them to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. All children are enrolled within the life skills education program.

The red light area are incendiary places. During the day, foreigners and businessmen especially, are targeted, beaten and robbed (or worse), regularly. Feuds over water lines break out and even children are murdered. At night the atmosphere is frantic and filled with fear. While the mobs of young men “horse” about like drunken cowboys, the starving continue to beg, fear written on their faces, the connotation to carry out contributions covertly. There is no description I can give, no camerawork—not even that attempted by Born Into Brothels—to convey the combustible feeling at night in the RLA.