Sex work is not illegal but running the brothel is unlawful: Supreme Court

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NEW DELHI: Recently, the Supreme Court of India gave certain guidelines for giving protection to Sex Workers. In the recent statement by the Apex Court, sex workers should not be arrested or penalised or harassed, or victimized as voluntary sex work is “not illegal” and only running the brothel is unlawful.

Supreme Court said, “Whenever there is a raid on any brothel since voluntary sex work is not illegal and only running the brothel is unlawful, the sex workers concerned should not be arrested or penalised or harassed or victimised.”

“Needless to say, this basic protection of human decency and dignity extends to sex workers and their children, who, bearing the brunt of social stigma attached to their work, are removed to the fringes of the society, deprived of their right to live with dignity and opportunities to provide the same to their children, ”

Further, the Court said – “It need not be gainsaid that notwithstanding the profession, every individual in this the country has a right to a dignified life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.”

The court has directed the State Governments and Union Territories to act in strict compliance with the recommendations made by the panel and agreed upon by the Centre.

Also. the Court directed the Police to treat sex workers with Respect.

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(MARCH – APRIL 2022)


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