posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 06:22 PM
Searched for the name of the article nothing came up. This article is published by Vice
. These guys tend to come
up with some really good information regularly. They tend to be one of my top alternative media sources because of the content of what they
This is a serious publication by Vice as usual. I wanted to share this so Americans can see how good we actually still have it. Not to minimize
anything but just for perspective....
If you have a weak stomac you wont want to look at the pictures, or maybe even read the article...
An estimated 100,000 sex workers currently earn a living working in the brothels of South Mumbai’s red-light districts. Most of them are not there
voluntarily, but rather, have been sold into sex work, sometimes by a relative or trusted family friend. Some are born into it. Life within the
red-light districts isn't easy. In fact, it's pretty much like living in a giant toilet bowl full of syringes and awful people. These women live on
the fringes of a society defined by the unrelenting harshness of its edges. They are frowned upon and ignored.
I began my photo essay on a group of sex workers based in the red-light districts of Kamathipura, Falkland Road, and Worli. The prostitutes work with
Social Activities Integration (SAI), a small NGO modeled on the Didi ("Sister") Project. These women take what they learn about HIV, STDs, and women's
rights back to their communities and teach others about the importance of condoms and HIV testing, giving them a sense of purpose and
self-respect—in addition to helping them reduce the risk of sexual disease.
After getting to know some of the women, I felt the need to make my project more personal, in order to tell their stories. Obviously, each of them was
a sister, a mother, or a daughter, not just a sex worker. I looked to create images of intimacy, femininity, and tenderness that would contrast with
the often brutal reality of their lives. I wanted the viewer to gain insight into the lives of these women. This set of photographs is a selection
focusing on violence against these women, taken from my project ,The Sisters of Kamathipura.
The women the project focuses on include Hajra, who is HIV-positive and severely scarred after being set on fire with a kerosene lamp. She is
generous, determined, and has an amazing sense of humor. There is also Jyoti, who is 19 and lives in her mother’s brothel. She would have liked to
be a policewoman so that she could help women like her sister and mother, but she did not finish her education. Like most teenagers, Jyoti loves music
and makeup. Salma and Sony both have young daughters. In a perfect world, Sony would be a Bollywood actress; Salma’s only dream is to keep her
OMG this woman was set on fire? Man..... relentless..
I dont really have much to say other then this world is sick. We need to make sure were focusing on fixing the right things with this world. I really
hope this helps broaden some horizons and i thank Vice for publishing such great work. Great meaning informative.
Jeez i almost forgot...
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