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Sex Workers and Misrepresentations

The article responds to “Social Distancing and Sex Workers in India” by Priyanka Tripathi and Chhandita Das (EPW, 1 August 2020). By putting forth how the arguments in the published article were bereft of references to feminist literature on sex work and the problematic comparison of the sex workers’ plight with that of migrant workers, this article sheds light on the lacks in the article and builds a constructive case.

The article by Priyanka Tripathi and Chhandita Das, titled “Social Distancing and Sex Workers in India” (EPW, 1 August 2020), claimed to touch upon the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown on the livelihoods of sex workers, the lack of access to welfare measures due to ambiguous laws, and the overall apathy of the state evident in how a measure like “social distancing” plays out in the lives of sex workers.

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Updated On : 28th Oct, 2020

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