Renuka Chowdhury presented a study on "Girls-Women in prostitution in India" to the lower house of Parliament. She said more than one-third of Indian prostitutes entered the profession before age 18, the Press Trust of India reported.
The Streets Where the Average Age of a Prostitute Is 14
”There are girls even as young as 7-10 years old.
In the brothels of Mumbai, where India's largest sex industry is located, there is a huge demand for girls from Nepal.
"Customers like Nepali girls because they are fair-skinned, not dark like us," one brothel manager said.
Nepali girls charge 50 to 60 rupees per customer, a little under $2. One-quarter of Mumbai's 70,000 prostitutes are Nepalis.
Every year, about 7,000 girls from the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal are smuggled across the border to India. Most are poor, kidnapped or lured by promises of a good job or a role in Indian films. On average, they are just 12 or 13 years old when they are sold to brothels for $200 to $500.
A rare glimpse into the harrowing lives of girls and women forced into India's sex trade found that the youngest among them -- girls age 14 or younger -- faced another cruel risk from their bondage: 60 percent became infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The study, published in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, reviewed the health records of 287 Nepalese girls and young women who were lured into prostitution in several cities in India from 1997 to 2005. It found that 38 percent of them tested positive for HIV when examined after they were rescued by Maiti Nepal, a nongovernmental organization based in Kathmandu.
The research yielded new insights on the dehumanizing conditions for females coerced into prostitution, then bought and sold around the world. The State Department estimates there are roughly 600,000 to 800,000 people who are trafficked globally in virtual slavery; 80 percent are female.