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The Surprising Wishes Of India's Sex Workers

A researcher found that some of them don't want to be "rescued." And that in one community, sex work is a traditional occupation for married women.
Source: Franziska Barczyk for NPR

I awoke to the sound of a mosquito buzzing near my ear. It was still dark out, and I could see the stars from my window, a rare sight in India when you are in the city.

I, however, was at least a few hours from the nearest one. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure where I was as I was never given the address or directions, having been transported by a private car from Hyderabad, one of India's bustling tech hubs. I was spending a few days at the Prajwala facilities, a compound of several acres hidden away in the outskirts of a small town in rural Andhra Pradesh.

Prajwala (meaning "bright" in Sanskrit), a nonprofit headed by Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, is home to hundreds

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