Usually they come to the town to do sex work and return home early in the morning.Now if they want to stay with their children they will have to stop with sex work and if they stop sex work they and their children will starve.Presently sex workers of Kozhikode who are marginalized among marginalized are engaged in one such invisible agitation.Most of the sex workers in Kozhikode are living in Bangladesh Colony lying at the outskirts of the town, near to the sea shore.This sudden withdrawal of the existing educational support had resulted in a crisis for these students.As an activist of the sex worker’s organization in Kozhikode asked me, ‘so now they want my daughter also to be a sex worker?Or they can live in another place without being able to come home and see their children every day (who cares for the needs of motherhood of a sex worker! In the beginning CPI (M) gave the women some underpaid and insecure part time work and even that is stopped now.Around forty women were forced to leave the house as their houses were burned down and are living on the pavements and construction lots.
***** Ousting the Sex Workers: An Invisible land Issue in Kerala Even among the claims for land and struggles for land rights by the marginalized there are situations which never go on record as claims and struggles.
’ So now I want to ask left intellectuals waxing eloquent on Munnar a simple question, ‘Do you have any stand point on this issue except for legitimizing the hooliganism of local CPI (M) cadres? Or should they lose their work and starve, just to remain where they are?
By sanctioning the ‘clean and smart upper middle class) cities’ are you not degrading into an elite bunch of experts?
But now Janakeeya Samithi, formed by the CPI (M), has given the ultimatum that only those women who are ready to stop doing sex work will be allowed to stay in that place.
Most of the sex workers had built houses there with their savings and their children are studying in the nearby schools.