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About Simanti Dasgupta

Simanti Dasgupta is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Dayton. She is currently working on a book based upon ethnographic research conducted since 2010 with sex workers in Sonagachhi, the iconic red light district in Kolkata. She is the author of “’Sovereign Silence’ Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and Legalizing Sex Work in Sonagachhi”.

Articles by Simanti Dasgupta

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Julian Richards is openDemocracy’s managing editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

La propuesta de Amnistía para despenalizar el trabajo sexual: contenido y descontentos

Las críticas a la propuesta de Amnistía Internacional para despenalizar el trabajo sexual ignoran la cuestión fundamental del trabajo y el sustento para las personas que se ven privadas de sus derechos de manera estructural a causa de la pobreza. English

Amnesty’s proposal to decriminalise sex work: contents and discontents

Critics of Amnesty International’s proposal to decriminalise sex work ignore the critical question of labour and livelihood for those structurally disenfranchised by poverty. Español

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