On paper, prostitution is illegal in India. But Red Light Despatch, a monthly magazine for prostitutes, is capturing on paper the trials and tribulations, the torture and harassment, and the feelings and emotions of India’s two million sex workers.
First-person accounts of girls sold off to the flesh trade, poems and essays by prostitutes, book and film reviews, advocacy articles… they are all there in the Despatch, whose editorial mix is decided each month by the sex workers in conjunction with health workers.
“We choose the best stories for publishing,” said Rupa Metgudd, a news coordinator and daughter of a former prostitute, sifting through reports for the latest edition. “The magazine is not a mere publication. For us it is journalism of purpose.”
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