Mumbai sex worker bags BMC contract – real queen of the society
Light will find its way to enter, how dark the room may be!
Lata Mane from Mumbai, who was sold by her husband within two years of their marriage, to a Kamathipura brothel in 1995. Desperately trying to upgrade her lifestyle, eventually she started a self-help group in 2007. The group comprises of 10 women, who earlier worked as commercial sex workers in Nityanand Nagar, Ghatkopar (Mumbai).
In 2013, the group went on to bag the slum sanitation project at Nityanand Nagar for 16 units. Each woman is paid Rs 4,600 a month for sweeping the roads, cleaning garbage, and keeping public toilets clean. They also employed four men, each paid Rs 5,600 for cleaning the drains.
Lata, who started as a Mumbai sex worker, has sent her two daughters to a boarding school now and is aiming for bigger slum sanitation projects.
Image courtesy: Naresh Kumar