Prostitution in India: A Comparison of Ancient and Present Legal Outlook

  • Rajdeep Ghosh and Saswati Nag
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  • Rajdeep Ghosh

    Assistant Professor at Rashtriya Raksha University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.

  • Saswati Nag

    Advocate at Tripura High Court, India

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There have always been issues relating to the social, moral and legal legitimacy of ‘prostitution’. Prostitution is always not forceful; it can also be a wilful profession sometimes. Immoral Trafficking and forceful Prostitution should be dealt with strictness but how should the wilful profession of prostitution be treated legally is an unsolved pertinent question which needs to be answered as the persons involved in the wilful profession are major and do the same with their own consent but this at the same time involves moral questions too. This article focuses on the ancient and present state of laws relating to prostitution including the rights of prostitutes in India along with providing few guideposts for future course of action.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 5, Page 1579 - 1585


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