2000 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 1st prize

Zana Briski

01 January, 1999

A woman collapses during a ceremony of worship for the goddess Sheetla in the red-light district. Over 6,000 sex workers operate in the Rambagan/Sonagachi red-light district, many of them forced into prostitution by poverty. The women come from all castes and religious backgrounds, and entertain clients from all levels of Indian society.

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Zana Briski

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