Breaking the Cycle: Fostering Educational and Health Access for the Children of Sex Workers

  • Apoorva Bhardwaj and Ankit Yadav
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  • Apoorva Bhardwaj

    Ph.D. Research Scholar at Faculty of Law, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India

  • Ankit Yadav

    Ph.D. Research Scholar at University School of Law and Legal Studies (USLLS), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), Delhi, India

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Children are revered as the most precious gifts of God, embodying the very essence of a nation's future. Their rights have been recognized nationally as well as internationally. This recognition begins even before their birth. In India, a robust framework of legislation, authorities, and institutions has been established to ensure the holistic development of children, improve their health, maintain their well-being, and nurture them into responsible future citizens of the country. Even after this, the children of sex workers are fighting for the basic needs for survival. Their sufferings are just because they have been born to single mothers selling their bodies for money out of their unbearable circumstances and poverty. The stigma attached to sex work creates a domino effect in the lives of children and fills them with self-hatred, illiteracy, poverty, ill-treatment, etc. These continuing effects can be stopped by education and with the collective efforts of the government and civil society. However, we have witnessed very few efforts from the government’s side particularly focusing on children of sex workers prompting the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to step in and bridge the gap. This paper covers some of the efforts and initiatives undertaken by NGOs for the education and well-being of children of sex workers. We need a collective effort to break the cycle and to convert this nasty picture of life into a beautiful one filled with equality, and dignity.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 5, Page 2040 - 2054


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