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Forum calls for census of sex workers in the state | Vijayawada News

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Vijayawada: Even after having had specific laws and a host of government ordinances for the rehabilitation of sex workers, none of them are implemented in true letter and spirit, Vimukti members said, a state-level forum for sex workers and survivors of trafficking, on Thursday.
In light of a recent Supreme Court ruling that ordered all states and EU territories to identify female sex workers and expand all social protection programs for informal workers, Vimukti called on the state government to conduct a separate census for enumeration and identification of female sex workers. in Andhra Pradesh.
State chairman of the forum, B Meharunnisa, said that although the Andhra Pradesh State Aids Control Society (APSACS) identified around a lakh of female sex workers in the state, the actual number of female sex workers would be greater than three lakh.
“Many of them have not registered with APSACS and are denied the benefits to which they are entitled under various plans. Most unregistered sex workers don’t even have basic identities like a voter card and Aadhaar card. Forget about financial aid, without having basic identity cards, they are even denied ration cards. Since most of them are the only members of the family earning any money, they again fall into the vicious trap of sex work for food, ”Meharunnisa said.
Vimukti General Secretary B Pushpavati called on the state government to coordinate the efforts of APSACS, the state women’s commission, and the Department of Women and Child Protection to identify and extend benefits to sex workers. She also suggested forming small working groups with sex workers on the model of self-help groups (SHGs) and giving them skills development training by creating a revolving fund.
“This will allow sex workers to stand up and lead a life of dignity. We ask the government to implement the judgment of the SC by giving dry rations to sex workers without insisting on ration cards, ”she demanded.
Vimukti State President B Meharunnisa said that although APSACS has identified around one lakh of female sex workers in the state, the actual number of female sex workers is believed to be over three lakh