Women in Kolkata’s Sex Trade
& Shamita Das Dasgupta
Mothers for Sale
attempts to offer an understanding of sex workers as mothers, which goes
beyond the current debate on the viability and legitimacy of sex work for
women. It highlights the aspirations and fears, joys and disappointments,
triumphs and failures that sex workers share with all mothers. Based on
information culled from more than 750 sex workers including child prostitutes
and 300 children, Mothers for Sale takes an unblinking look at
the lives of mothers involved in the sex trade of Kolkata, India.
founded Sanlaap in 1987 and works with women and young people fighting for
their rights and protesting violence against women.
Shamita Das Dasgupta
cofounded Manavi in New Jersey and is an Adjunct Faculty of Law with the
NYU Law School.
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The authors of this
volume have shown how deep insight and in-depth study can enhance the quality
of knowledge and lead to the design of intervention strategies that are
both effective and feasible...There are unambiguous pointers to what the
state, community and society need to do for ensuring not only welfare of
the sex workers but their very human rights.
-- Kumkum Bhattacharya, Professor, Dept. of Social Work;
Director of Publishing Dept., Visva-Bharati, India. Coauthor, Saontal
Muktadharay Prabesh (Bengali), Purbanchal Sanskriti Kendra, Kolkata.
A sharply intelligent
and compassionate exploration of an East Indian social reality. Mothers
for Sale is notable for its unblinking examination of the complexity and
"thickness" of local culture. This is a must-read book for anyone
with a serious interest in the issues of South Asian womanhood.
-- Dr. Kalyan Ray, Director, Int'l Partnership for Service-Learning.
Co-author, Visions of Service, IPSL Press, NY; author, Eastwords,
Penguin Books India.
Sinha and Das Dasgupta’s
Mothers for Sale is a unique and urgently needed book as it focuses on how
motherhood of sex workers is an invisible role worldwide and the implications
for their children as well. The greatest strength of this book is that it
sets the local experience of these women and their children in the context
of the global, highlighting women’s lack of resources and recourses in a
-- Natalie J. Sokoloff, Professor of Sociology, John Jay
College of Criminal Justice—CUNY, New York. Co-editor of Domestic Violence
at the Margins: Race, Class, Gender & Culture and The Criminal
Justice System and Women: Offenders, Prisoners, Victims, and Workers.