The Hush Post| 3:15 pm| one-minute-read|
Corona virus has also thrown sex workers out of business.
Corona Virus has had another set of people worried. About one lakh sex workers of Sonagachi in north Kolkata, Asia’s largest red light area, are now staring at an uncertain future and possible starvation as the COVID-19 outbreak has thrown them out of business.
The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, an umbrella organisation of the state’s sex workers with over 1,30,000 registered members, is in talks with the government seeking unorganised sector workers tag for them so that they can get free ration that the state has offered to the sector.
A senior minister said the state government is mulling to extend the benefits of free ration to the sex workers.
“For the last five days, we have been getting frantic calls from various parts of the state. Sex workers have been asking us to do something to save them from possible starvation. Most of the sex workers dont have money to buy food as they are completely out of business for the last 20-21 days since the scare over coronavirus started,” said Mahasweta Mukherjee, an office-bearer of Durbar.