Meet a 16 year old sex educator! Aparna Bhola.
The daughter of a sex worker, Aparna grew up in Kolkata. His mother, Malti, married when she was 9 years and was beaten by her husband. When he escaped and returned to his hometown in the Sundarbans, her aunt took her to Calcutta under the pretext of sending her to school. There, Malti was sold into sex work for 10,000 rupees (180 dollars at current exchange rates) when I was 12 years old. When she initially refused to be a prostitute, the owner of the brothel filled with chili powder on their genitals to force her into submission, says Aparna.
Over time, Malti became a sex worker and moved with Aparna, who was born when I was 14 Malti to Kamathipura, Mumbai’s oldest red light district.
Aparna recalls sharing a house with eight families in Kamathipura. She never worked in the sex trade, but had very limited access to education and health services and became anemic due to malnutrition. Animals to drink alcohol at a very young age, she became an alcoholic.
Growing up in red light districts, Aparna said she was concerned about the way doctors routinely battered by sex workers stigma against their profession. Her mother, diagnosed with uterine cysts, was unable to get treatment for them because of prejudice against sex workers. Aparna remembers a niece who was refused treatment by a doctor who said he did not want to bother with such poor people.