My juniors, Sonam Bhutia and Drishti Prasad have taken a bold step to explore the darkest places of my home town, Siliguri. Here is her report. They have done a commendable job.

(sic) “On 28th march,2014,the very next day after our ISC examination got over,my friend Drishti Prasad and I, disguised as journalists decided to visit and do a research on red light area of khalpara. Parents,teachers,society and norms have forbidden this place due to its activities involving immorality and lack of civility. We knew that this involved a huge amount of risks,since it was just the two of us alone without protection anything like kidnapping, threatening and abduction could have happened to us. Hence,we went forth.
Khalpara is located at siliguri,one of the most important town in north Bengal of West Bengal. It is located opposite Gandhi maidan. It is now considered as a major ‘wholesale’ trading centres of children and prostitution from eastern Nepal districts and other north eastern parts of India. We took a rickshaw from Venus more to reach there.
There were two wide lanes when we entered. All we could see were men and not a single normally clad female. The rickshaw-wala pointed that the houses and buildings belonging to one side of the lane were the brothels. As we passed,girls,teenagers,women dressed skimpy in bright shades with heavy makeup stood in front of their respective stalls attracting customers. There were almost twenty such brothels. Soon we halted and entered one of those. Luckily we entered the one which was the main center,spoke to the lady in charge who ran the entire section of khalpara and introducing ourselves as journalists working on a project about their lifestyle.

In the beginning she refused,trying not to believe and even tried to shoo us away. There was a huge communication gap since the language that she spoke was a local language and we tried our level best to understand her with a little bit of Hindi that we knew.
Quitting was no option. In the end she was convinced and took us inside. Our hearts were beating fast and pulse was racing  as we saw the grim images inside. Teenage girls giggling in groups, women surrounded by toddlers and babies,some women bargaining and quarreling with men for money. It was an awful scene. The women were allotted small rooms each which we saw was colourful with bright lights and Bollywood posters. They get paid around Rs 300 for a night.The old lady prohibited us from taking their photos but we managed to get a few secretly.
We spoke to some of the girls . Some of them were from Nepal. Many of them were married to strangers and after a few months they were sold to khalpara brothel by their husbands. Apart from Nepal,the poor girls are also coming from different corners of West Bengal and neighbouring states of West Bengal like Manipur,Assam,Meghalaya and Mizoram. Pimps are taking advantage of poverty. Many girls left their home with consent of their parents to get a good job but ultimately landed at khalpara brothel. They said that there is a tremendous demand for Assamese and Nepali girls among the clients.”






18 thoughts on “RED LIGHT AREA IN SILIGURI ( research)

    1. Hi. Beth!
      Prostitution is like an employment here in India and many other places. These girls want to take it up voluntarily. I dont think I can see any alternative to this for now. Sad truth.

      1. Is there any program available to teach them job skills? Do they actually like living in the uncertainty and constant threat of bad health? Is there any security for them at all?

      2. Beth, Trust me, I would love t do something for them but i do not stay in my home town anymore and that place is a laid back town. people are laid back. It will would be so good if we had someone come over and help them. you know something Beth? It will be difficult to impliment that soon cause that is a very risky area. you need to deal with them very very carefully.

  1. I have been doing some research about child abuse in India and this seems to fit into that category too. I recently saw a YouTube video about an Indian lady who has mortgaged her home to go where they film the TED talk videos. She is trying to raise money to help these girls get out of this business; however, she says that rehabilitating them is the most difficult part. People fear to hire them even after they are trained.

  2. No body is doing any thing to help them. Because all the powerful people is all busy here with politics. And you know what the cops know every things. but they are all currupted. When someone boys mistakely reached there the cops will be ready to catch them but . when girls are brought there they are ready to ignore them. God we should do something to help them.

  3. Change has to come from the top and when you do not have anyone in politics who cares nothing gets done. It is going to take laws, and rules, we need to put in jail the one’s making money from this. It is not good enough say women freely choose this – what choice do they have? Uneducated, unwanted, denied basic human rights, abused by men, not doubt murdered too. No we need Governance with strength to commit to change and sadly no big countries care about this. There is no money to be made and only fear for your life if you speak out. Protection of Whistleblowers is not a priority either of the USA – it wants to prosecute citizens for uncovering it’s illegal activities. Time is not going to change things we need to speak out and demand more is spent on stopping this. There is billions for terrorism, drug and gun control – but human-trafficking and forced prostitution receives little attention. I demand more of people to spread the word to stop this abuse. Thanks

    1. you have a very valid, solid and a strong point. The question is, how many of us are willing to take this step to reduce such a racket? I bet we will have a handful of people to start with. 🙂

      1. hi Illus5ion…
        I really want to help for my Nepali sisters..
        I am visiting Silliguri Next week and I am sure I will go to that place see how the situtation is and how can I move forward in future…

  4. I am among the willing to speak out and advocate on behalf of those who’s voices are silenced – a handful of seed may only grow a few plants but, these plants have the potential to grow many more seeds. This is where the hope is found – that the few seeds we have can produce more seeds. Then the cycle of violence can begin to be revealed and transformation has a chance of occurring. Support the few with courage to speak out. Give them your words of encouragement and above all believe it is possible to change the world – it starts with ourselves, our friends and families and with those around us. Silence is the perpetrators friend – so let’s never remain silent on these most important human rights issues. Perhaps a pledge to never remain silent on the issues of human-trafficking and forced slavery and prostitution is a way of creating awareness and change, thanks.

  5. Even the cops get paid to shut their mouths…i forgot the ministers they talk about child and womem safety all are true lies..

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