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Around 2.8 mn prostitutes in India

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Posted: May 08, 2007 at 2012 hrs IST

There are around 2.8 million prostitutes in the country and their number is increasing, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Quoting a study on 'Girls/Women in prostitution in India', Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said that out of the total number of prostitutes in the country, 35.47 per cent entered the trade before the age of 18 years.

The Ministry runs Swadhar Shelter Homes which provide shelter, food, clothing, counselling, rehabilitation and other facilities to victims of commercial sexual exploitation, she said in a written reply.

A pilot project on combating trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation is also being implemented, she said.

A comprehensive scheme for prevention of trafficking and rescue, rehabilitation and re-integration of victims of trafficking and commercial and sexual exploitation has been included in the Annual Plan 2007-08.

The Central Advisory committee on combating Child Prostitution headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, reviews the states' activities in combating trafficking and prostitution every quarter.

The Ministry also conducts advocacy, awareness generation and sensitisation programmes for prevention of trafficking, she added.

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