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'The Cage'- Kamathipura from above, which is Asia's largest red light district in Mumbai.  A large proportion of the women and young girls who work there have been trafficked and exploited.<br />
Kamathipura is now a lawless place controlled by gangsters, who's main trade is the 'flesh trade' . forcing women into abusive and dangerous situations, made to work as sex slaves, in the network of brothels commonly known as "the cages". <br />
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CAGE-Sex Slavery & Trafficking in Mumbai.  Kamathipura in Mumbai is Asia's largest red light district.  Set up 200 years ago for British troops as their official 'comfort zone' while they were away from home.  Since the 19th century, a large proportion of the women and young girls who work there have been trafficked and exploited. Kamathipura is now a lawless place controlled by gangsters, whose main trade is the 'flesh trade', forcing women into abusive and dangerous situations, made to work as sex slaves, in the network of brothels commonly known as "the cages".  For 2 months I documented the daily life of people living and working in Kamathipura, which is a maze of dingy streets overlooked by the futuristic city blocks of Mumbai's new wealth. During this time, I intimately got to know the stories of abducted girls who were corralled in cages and sold into the sex trade.  By hiding on the rooftops and in the back of brothel bedrooms I was also able to capture the hidden world of the red-light, photographing the pimps and gangsters who control the whole area.  I focused on the lives of three girls; one girl called Guddi, who was trafficked from Kolkata at 11 years old and is, still trapped as a sex slave in Kamathipura.  And two girls, called Lata & Rekha, who are now rescued out of the red-light area, who's journey's I retraced back to their home villages in Southern India and Nepal where they were taken & trafficked from before being sold into sex slavery in Mumbai.<br />
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