June 2: International Sex Workers Day

Every year, International Sex Workers Day is observed on June 2. The day is being marked to spread awareness on rights of sex workers so that they can lead a life of respect.

Why June 2?

On June 2, 1975, around 100 sex workers gathered near Saint-Nizier Church in France. They gathered to express their anger about exploitative living conditions. The gathered was brutally raided by the police forces on June 10. This became a national movement eventually. This day is now celebrated as International Sex Workers Day worldwide.

Sex Workers in India

The National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) reported that there are 6,37,500 sex workers in India. Around 5 lakh customers visit red light areas on daily basis.

India believes that decriminalizing the work they do will not help protect them but also destigmatize them.

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