Last updated: 8 may, 2009 - 14:10 GMT

Indian sex workers get political

The shabby, crammed buildings of the Sonagachi (Golden Tree) area of the city

Calcutta's Sonagachi district is home to some 10,000 sex workers

The results of the ongoing Indian election remain uncertain, so every bit of electoral support the political parties can attract is welcome.

This is gives special interest groups an added advantage in influencing policies; even groups you wouldn't normally associate with the political process.

In West Bengal there are thought to be about 70,000 sex workers plying their trade and they are acutely aware that this is the moment when they can put forward their demands.

Sex workers in a brothel in Calcutta

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First broadcast 8 May 2009

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