Interestingly, there has been an increase in their numbers in the past few years. "Previously they would shy from crowded areas or were beaten by pimps to hold them from running away," said Khairati Lal Bhola, president of NGO Bhartiya Patita Uddhar Sabha (BPUS).
"This year we have provided 300 sex workers with voter ID cards. We have applications from around 1,000 more candidates from GB Road for voter ID cards but their verification is yet to be done," a senior government official.
Reiterating their long-pending demands for legalizing prostitution, one of the sex workers said,"Give us licenses and mark the areas for us. If any one of us is ready to go out of this profession, she should be provided work to live in the society. If somebody wants to earn her livelihood by selling her body why should it not be allowed? We all will vote but only for the person who will fulfill our long-pending demands."