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Dispatch 41 | ‘We Need Help, Too,’ Delhi’s Sex Workers Plead

Dispatch 41 | ‘We Need Help, Too,’ Delhi’s Sex Workers Plead

In the 41st video dispatch in the StoriesAsia On The Road series, our reporters visited a brothel in New Delhi’s Garstin Bastion Road, the city’s main red-light district, with the help of Iqbal Ahmad, Secretary of the Delhi unit of the Bhartiya Patita Uddhar Sabha (Indian Sex Workers’ Welfare Association), a not-for-profit group. The sex workers complained that while their financial condition was as bad as any other daily-wage workers due to the COVID-19 lockdown, they were not part of any government plan to provide relief to the working class. Some non-governmental organisations had distributed dry ration, but many other needs remained unmet. They suspected that they had received only a fraction of what was raised in their name.

** “On the Road” is a new series by StoriesAsia on the Coronavirus outbreak where we bring you stories that help you respond to this ongoing historic pandemic. Using their vehicles, StoriesAsia journalists will travel around to bring you stories of not just pain and suffering but also healing and heroism.

StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.

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