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Sex Workers listed as ‘Women at Work’ by the NHRC

On October 7th, Sex Workers listed as ‘Women at Work’. The National Human Rights Commission issued an 11-pager scheme titled as ‘Human Rights Advisory on rights of Women in Context of COVID-19’, where they have listed sex workers as under the ‘women at work’ category to make them eligible for the beneficiaries.



NHRC’s advisory


Sex Workers listed as ‘Women at Work’ as NHRC formed a group to assess the results since the outbreak of the coronavirus on the rights of the people, especially the marginalized people or from the back warded class. There were few recommendations mentioned by the National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) in the advisory.


Sex Workers listed as ‘Women at Work’


Photo Credits: PTI

The advisory mentions about the beneficiaries that the sex workers should get. First and foremost, they should get access to the Public Distribution System (PDS) as they do not possess ration cards or other documents. The schemes included migrant sex workers as well as migrant workers.


The advisory stated that sex workers are prone to domestic abuse, and such incidents should be reported. It also mentioned that sex workers should get free COVID-19 testing and treatment from the Government. They should be provided with soaps, sanitizers, and appropriate masks to sex workers. 


The authorities must take care of the health care services of the sex workers, mostly they should prevent the sexually transmitted disease, like HIV and others.


The outcome of the advisory


The authorities fulfilled six of the eight demands in the advisory. It was the success of the National Network of Sex Workers community. They had been fighting for the legalization of their jobs, and this has been their first success.


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