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US Ambassador to India visits red light area of Delhi

In order to closely inspect the living conditions of the sex workers at the red light area of the capital, the US Ambassador to India Richard Verma accompanied by the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power and the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal paid a visit to GB road, recently

The ambassadors are reported to have expressed satisfaction over the noted improvement in the healthcare facilities in the area. More importantly, the supply of condoms to the sex workers there.

The ambassadors were further apprised of the situation in the area, and more issues concerning the system of the area, including the various challenges faced by the government, the police and NGOs.

The Commission has also sought support of the ambassadors and the American Chamber of Commerce for the rehabilitation project planned by the DCW for those willing to come out of the profession.

They wanted to visit GB Road and requested the DCW Chairperson to accompany them on the visit and explain to them the ground realities of the red light area. The DCW chief had a half hour meeting with them followed by a visit to a brothel,” said the DCW official, as confirmed by Tribune India.

“The delegation was shocked to realise that all the women present had been trafficked at one point of time….The sex workers raised issues of continuous harassment by the local police and inhuman conditions of the brothels,” said the official.

Source: with inputs from The Tribune
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