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By Shanoor Seervai

Whilst Shanoor Seervai first visits Mumbai's red-light district as a tender volunteer, she is shaken by way of the violence and melancholy that girls there suffer on a daily basis. Years later, now a newspaper reporter, she returns to achieve a deeper realizing of the lives of intercourse workers.

Daughters of the pink Light is a searing examine the poverty, injustice and stigma that continue complete households from escaping India's infamous intercourse undefined. Seervai takes readers to Mumbai’s grittiest alleyways to find the tales of those girls and women. As she unravels the brutal net entangling them, she unearths an unforeseen cause of wish.


Shanoor Seervai is an Indian author and journalist. Her paintings has seemed in The Wall road Journal, The day-by-day Beast, Guernica Magazine, The Caravan and The Indian Express. Born and raised in Mumbai, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the place she is pursuing a sophisticated measure in public coverage on the Harvard Kennedy institution of Government.


"This is a significant and demanding piece of writing that contributes in an important method towards realizing the lives of intercourse employees and their households and the way we would aid alleviate their marginalization and pain. Shanoor Seervai's publication exhibits you the humanity of the moms and kids within the purple mild district, as she takes you on her trip of discovery into their global and her position on the earth at huge. It gave me new perception into the lives of the intercourse employees and their teenagers, and the way the tireless paintings of a few bargains genuine hope—the maximum reward of all."

— Geeta Anand, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer of The Cure

"Most writing approximately India's underbelly treats humans as passive sufferers. it really is some distance too effortless to discover tales of distress in Indian towns and carry them up as one-dimensional examples of the country's asymmetric growth. Shanoor Seervai doesn't do cutouts. She dives into the area of Mumbai's intercourse employees, introducing us to actual girls with households and goals we realize. She brings the reader alongside for her trip, that's journalistic in addition to own, as she navigates the gender norms and sophistication divides of city India with sharp observations and real empathy. i have been vacationing Mumbai all my lifestyles and consider I realize it greater having learn this heartfelt work."

— Shashank Bengali, South Asia bureau leader, Los Angeles Times

"A thought-provoking headlong dive right into a little identified culture."

— Sonia Faleiro, Award-winning writer of Beautiful factor: contained in the mystery global of Bombay’s Dance Bars.

"With this sincere and insightful memoir, Shanoor Seervai peels again a tattered curtain to bare the complicated and brutal international of Mumbai’s advertisement intercourse alternate. via her eyes, we commence to truly see the ladies — and kids — at the back of the make-up. via her trip we're challenged to think about our universal humanity; and our personal, own reaction to the injustices that land (and hold) thousands of the world’s so much weak young children within the hell we name the 'Red Light.'"

— Laura Entwistle, Founder and CEO of EmancipAction, a global non-profit association operating to finish baby intercourse trafficking around the globe

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The ladies are allowed outdoor for just one hour every day, lower than employees supervision continually. they're forced to wait stitching and craft sessions each one morning although the academics themselves infrequently appear. The spirits listed here are much more damaged than within the brothels. The air is thick with utter defeat. In Kamathipura, I occasionally see ladies with vacant stares, yet others put on an charisma of defiance, a self belief born from creating wealth or even delivering for kids regardless of the full absence of an schooling or outdoor aid. That vanishes right here. those ladies are zombies. I input the kitchen in addition to the home’s counselor. Seven ladies are stooped over a counter, peeling potatoes and slicing onions. so much days the menu is convalescent rice and lentils, yet at the present time they're to have biryani as the home’s superintendent got a advertising. “Madam,” one voice pipes up, “How are we going to prepare dinner? we want entire masala, powdered masalas… we don’t also have dahi! ” The counselor assures the ladies the parts may be supplied. They droop again onto their stools and fall silent. They comprehend that even their distinctive meal should be bland and undesirable. This distinction is acute. while I stopover at Kamathipura, the smelly, highly spiced aromas of Bombay cooking upward thrust above the stench of rubbish among 2 and five p. m. , because the girls wake and get ready the day’s first meal. They whip up no matter what they fancy and occasionally are handled to the “hotel” nutrition that consumers order. “Meat two times a day,” many inform me. “Even whilst I don’t have handsome profit, i must consume well,” stated Rani, a brothel-keeper, as she crammed my plate with rice, curry, lentils, and deep-fried pakoras in the course of one interview. It used to be earlier four p. m. and that i didn’t want a moment lunch, yet Rani was firm I try out her cooking. That hospitality isn't unusual. such a lot of my interviews on the brothels contain not less than a cup of milky, candy chai. I as soon as made the error of turning down the provide. A second later a tumbler bottle of Sprite seemed, which I knew fee 5 occasions as a lot. on the defend, the ladies lengthy for spice and taste. they're like prisoners anxiously watching for their free up, that's to be granted after 3 weeks by means of legislations yet usually takes longer. Many languish for months earlier than they're despatched again to their households within the villages, a spectacle that brings disgrace or worse. in the event that they can’t pass domestic, they're put in long term rehabilitation facilities. those, run by means of nonprofits, are a step up from the govt. amenities, yet they're nonetheless pressured detention for girls who've grown acquainted with monetary independence. At one nonprofit domestic, i'm discouraged from asking the ladies questions on their earlier simply because, i'm instructed, it will require them to relive trauma, including to their ache. It’s an affordable request, yet a critical hassle for a reporter. I abide, although, and ask risk free questions, like, “What makes you content? ” this can be how my interview starts with Leela, a tender, reticent lady who strikes as awkwardly as a infant foal. We take a seat with the home’s overseer and Leela mutters anything approximately stitching type earlier than whispering, “Can I inform her concerning the undesirable issues?

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