The Sex Worker and the Market

While there is loud talk of the trafficking of Nepali girls, few are serious enough to address the issues behind the phenomenon. What are the real numbers? Who is endangered by AIDS? And should prostitution be legalised within the country?

When the average Nepali considers prostitution, it is most likely in the context of young village girls being lured or forcibly abducted under false pretences to India. For the more aware, prostitution looms large as the AIDS conduit which will directly transfer the dreaded disease from the brothels of Bombay to the Nepali hinterland. Very few choose to question or consider the reality behind these assumptions, or the alarmingly high numbers involved in the sex industry.

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