Prostitution in South Goa

Prostitution in South Goa

Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment. People who execute such activities are called Prostitutes. Goa has become a main target for prostitution in the recent years. The history of prostitution in Goa dates back to the late 16th and 17th centuries when Goa was a Portuguese colony. There was a community of Japanese slaves, who were usually young Japanese women and girls brought or captured as sexual slaves by Portuguese traders and their South Asian crewmembers from Japan.

REASONS FOR WOMEN GETTING INTO PROSTITUTION

  • A woman is molested in the past and this is become acceptable in her life.
  • Receiving less love and attention from families.
  • Woman who earns poor income feel that prostitution is an easier and quicker way to get money for a better standard of living.
  • Some women among the backward masses are forced into prostitution by peer groups, families, husbands and kidnapping is also a cause.
  • For a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction.
  • Failure in marriage and abandoned family life.
  • Having acquaintances with a pimp or brothel, or women living as guest houses, hostels easily get carried away in this trade.
  • No proper sex education
  • The rise in number of child prostitution is because girls are given false promises of marriage, jobs and are sold to other states. Also as children want to adopt newer ways of luxurious life and their pocket money doesn’t permit them to do so. They choose prostitution as a means.

Prostitution in Goa began came to rise due to the prostitution racket in Baina, Vasco. The women here were mainly from Karnataka, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala and many more states of India. The place was divided into slums or “gallis” known as Andhra galli, Karnataka galli, Kerala galli and so on. After tearing down of Baina’s red light area in 2004 prostitutes were promised rehabilitation but the Government failed to keep up to their promise. It is like “old wine in a new bottle”. The business is the same but the girls are now better educated and pimps are using latest technology to operate and attract high paying clients. From then, prostitutes spread all over the state of Goa. They are almost in all the cities in the North and South of Goa carrying out the trade on a full swing in Lodges, Hotels, Massage Parlours, Cyber Cafe’s, Call Centres, Fishing Trawlers, Shacks, Highways, Slums, Residential Areas, Interior Hidden Places, Clubs, Beaches, Hostels, Paying Guest Homes and many more places. Taxi drivers, Motorcycle Pilots, Waiters, Chai boys, Beach Hawkers are contact points.

WHY GOA AS A TARGET FOR PROSTITUTION?

  • Increasing number of events and festivals.
  • Tourism on the rise
  • Easy to bribe cops.
  • No strict laws and regulations
  • Politicians support for votes
  • Increase in need for migrant labour as means for employment.

TYPES OF PROSTITUTION PHENOMENON IN GOA

  • Brothel based prostitution: Baina & Margao
  • Street based prostitution: Vasco, Margao, Colva, Panjim, Calangute, Anjuna
  • Hotel based prostitution: All over Goa
  • Vehicle based prostitution: North & South Goa- Tourist belt and crowded market areas

Traffickers are the people involved to get sex workers in Goa and the trafficked people are the victims.

  • Brothel keepers previously operating in Baina
  • Few pilots (Two wheeler taxi) and taxi owners
  • Few hotels and lodges in the tourist areas and on the highways – Karwar, Mollem & Sawantwadi.

Mostly in Goa the target of action is not the traffickers but the trafficked victims. Most of the offences booked are against trafficked victims and not against the traffickers. Trafficked victims are arrested but no customer, pimp, transport agent, lodge owner; hotel owner, taxi owner, etc are arrested, though the law is very clear that those who commercialize prostitution and those who benefit from the earning from prostitution are committing an offence.
SOUTH GOA PROSTITUTION REGISTERED CASES

The police have registered a few cases. But a majority escaped from the hands of the police. Prostitution in South Goa is mainly in Margao, Vasco, Canacona, Curchorem, Curtorim, Colva, Benaulim, Sanguem, Ponda and the coastal belt. There are many prostitutes loitering around in search for bait. The police identify them through the obscene hand gestures, vulgar body acts and facial expressions made by them. The prostitute women caught were mostly from districts of Rajmandhi and Vishakapatanam in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and sadly a few from Goa as well. They mainly are from the age group of 35-50. But child and teen prostitutes are preferred due to their virginity and less risk of transmition of AIDS and Sexually transmitted diseases. The customers are men from other states who migrate to Goa as migrant labourers and other backward men. They are from the age group of 20-60. Goans are also involved in as customers but mainly act as traffickers or brothels for earning by means of sex trade. Goan women get into prostitution mainly due to poor standard of living.

The female prostitutes including Goans earning higher incomes are usually found in massage parlours, beach side shacks, cyber cafe’s, beauty parlours, hotels in Goa. They use cars as means of obtaining customers and shelter in luxury hotels for their business. These are less caught by the police. Tourist prostitutes are also found in the same category and are found mostly on beach areas, shacks, hotels situated on the coastal belt.

Some of the examples of traffickers in the coastal belt:

  • Brothel in Benaulim carrying out sex trade and customers are mostly locals of South Goa. Almost 7-8 dogs are kept outside as means of protection.
  • Almost all the shacks and shops on the Colva Beach are major traffickers and agents for sex trade. Even the taxi drivers and motorcycle pilots are involved in this racket. 49’ers is a major prostitution spot in Colva.

2008: 8 cases

  1. Navelim case happened in a closed house in Fradilem
  2. Old market- 3 cases
  3. Gandhi market- 4 cases

19 people were arrested in this year among the registered cases of which 6 were male customers and 13 were females involved in the case.

2009: 10 cases

  1. Hotel Goa Land, near the flyover, Margao- 3cases
  2. Hotel Tandoor, Margao- 2 cases
  3. Near flyover over Bridge, Margao
  4. Near Hari Mandir, Margao
  5. Karishma Hotel, Margao- 2 cases

18 accused were arrested in this year among the registered cases of which 6 were male customers and 12 were females involved. 4 females were rescued by the police and sent to the NGO named Positive People.

2010: 11 cases

  1. Shezer Hotel, Khareband, Margao- 6 cases
  2. Hotel Goa Land, Near flyover, Margao- 4 cases
  3. Hotel Karishma, Margao

2011: 3 cases till date

  1. Shezer Hotel, Khareband, Margao

LAW

Section 3- The Suppression of Prostitution Act

Section 4- “Prostitution” means sexual intercourse, or any other act, or the commission of any other act in order to gratify the sexual desire of another person in a promiscuous manner in return for earning or any other benefit, irrespective of whether the person who accepts the act and the person who commits the act are of the same sex or not.

Section 5- Any person who, for the purpose of prostitution, solicits, induces, introduces herself or himself to, follows or importunes a person in a street, public place or any other place, which is committed openly and shamelessly or causes nuisance to the public, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand.

Section 6- Any person who associates with another person in a prostitution establishment for the purpose of prostitution of oneself or another person shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month or to a fine not exceeding one thousand or to both. If the offence under paragraph one is committed on account of compulsion or under an influence which cannot be avoided or resisted, the offender is not guilty.

Section 7- Any person who advertises or agrees to advertise, induces or introduces by means of documents or printed matters, or by any means makes known to the public in a manner apparently indicative of importunity or solicitation for the prostitution of oneself or another person shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of six months to two years or to a fine of ten thousand to forty thousand or to both.

Section 8- Any person who, in order to gratify the sexual desire of oneself or another person, has sexual intercourse with or acts otherwise against a person over fifteen but not over eighteen years of age in a prostitution establishment, with or without his or her consent, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of one to three years and to a fine of twenty thousand to sixty thousand. If the offence under paragraph one is committed against a child not over fifteen years of age, the offender shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of two to six years and to a fine of forty thousand to one hundred twenty thousand. If the act under paragraph one is committed against one’s own spouse, and not to gratify the sexual desire of another person, the offender is not guilty.

POLICE ACTION

The Goa Police doesn’t take any strict action against prostitution in Goa. Incase of the women/victim they are just warned and asked to pay some fines. And if they are found on continuous basis, they are sent to the NGO i.e. Positive people for rehabilitation. In case of male customers they are arrested. A chargesheet is filed against them and they are kept in the lock up. And if they are found on continuous basis they are put in the Aguada Jail. And if he is found with a minor, the punishment exceeds even upto life imprisonment.

If any brothel or hotel still continues even after warnings they are closed down and their license is cancelled. 2 hotels in Margao are closed down.
They conduct frequent raids mostly in Gandhi Market area and near the flyover.

PROCEDURE FOR CONDUCTING RAIDS

The police have spies known as Peer Educators who act as prostitutes for them. They are given responsibility of certain areas. If they find any  suspicious behaviour or if they come across any prostitution case happening they inform the police. These spies even give details such as location or brothel in which the business is carried out. These prostitutes then come to the victims along with the police in civil clothes to the areas and raids are conducted. Initially, the lower level in the Police department had n o authority to conduct raids. But now they are allowed to do so.

NGO IN ACTION

Positive People is an NGO which presently functions in collaboration with the Margao Police. It started operations in the year 1992 as a media to pass on awareness about HIV AIDS and conduct counselling to the public. Since 2005, the Goa State Aids Control Society has given them the responsibility to conduct awareness programmes among the prostitutes and counsel them to lead a better life. They are expected to take care of certain areas in South Goa.

They mainly provide awareness about HIV AIDS and STD’s to the prostitutes and supply condoms as a means for protection. They do this in a manner of field trips, i.e. they visit all the areas take them for ELISA test to Hospicio Hospital and educated them. They get help from the police and Peer Educators to find the victims. If required, they get the victim to the NGO to counsel them. They cannot stop prostitution as it is an individual choice. But they help to make it safer preventing the risk of Aids. Presently they have 21 Aids patients.

Taluka wise distribution of HIV cases detected in Goa since the Baina incident are as follows:

Taluka

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Tiswadi

166

161

111

113

122

104

68

Bardez

150

127

133

149

133

140

117

Pernem

20

12

33

24

16

14

10

Bicholim

26

29

35

35

25

30

17

Satari

7

17

9

12

12

19

16

Ponda

48

62

55

48

55

41

34

Salcete

195

198

175

183

172

154

106

Mormugao

182

192

183

148

154

149

153

Sanguem

12

36

15

26

12

30

23

Quepem

23

23

14

39

21

22

23

Canacona

17

20

22

29

23

11

27

Non Goans

110

152

155

223

209

187

175

Total

956

1029

940

1029

954

901

769

Some victims choose to lead a better life but as they are already known as prostitutes they are pin pointed wherever they go. So, they get back to their business. Some victims choose a better life and approach them for help. They are now working elsewhere and are quite happy about it.

The main areas focussed by the NGO

  • Canacona- Palolem Beach, Chaudi Market, Market Area, Bus Stand
  • Curchorem- Garden Area, Bus Stand, Market Area
  • Quepem- Tilamol
  • Margao- Gandhi Market, Flyover, KTC, Municipal Garden, Colva Circle, New Market, Railway Station.

Activities carried out by Positive People:

  • They have regular meetings known as Support Group Meetings in which victims express their problems and are helped by the NGO.
  • They have DIC (Drop In Centre) wherein the NGO organises a programme for them at the NGO wherein they have various competitions like Dance, singing, mehendi, celebrate birthdays etc..
  • Organising HealthCamps
  • Celebrating World AIDS day & Women’s day

SOME OF THE POLITICIANS INVOLVEMENT IN PROSTITUTION

Dayanand Narvekar 

As far back as in 1989, a young woman claimed that Dayanand Narvekar had attempted to molest her in his chamber in the Adil Shah Palace when he was speaker. Though a police case was filed and Dayanand Narvekar was forced to resign his position as speaker of the then Legislative Assembly, the case never was charge-sheeted. Narvekar did not have as much luck with the charge of molesting and looting cricket fans during the one day match held in the Fatorda stadium in 2001. The case is still pending in the courts and Narvekar was dropped from the cabinet on the claim that since the case had been charge-sheeted, his continuance as finance minister in the cabinet of Digamber Kamat would not be ethical.

Babush Monserrate

Education Minister Babush Monserrate is said to be running a call girl racket from a building opposite Dhempe College of Arts and Science in Miramar, using a cybercafé as a contact point. The rumours were that the call girl racket was being operated by Babush Monserrate and that several other politicians had been patronising the prostitution den. Presumably, because very important people or their sons were involved and the political compulsions of running a coalition government, the police were instructed not to follow up the case. There have always been rumours about the voracious sexual appetite in Taleigao. There were persistent rumours that the flats in the Kamat complex opposite the Dhempe college which were supposed to be the scene of the Miramar sex scandal, were owned by Babush Monserrate. The Hallmark franchise shop is owned by Babush Monserrate, where several women were pointed to be Babush’s passions of the moment and his son Rohit was also involved.

  • abhijit almeida

    Why do most goans live in a perpetual state of denial….wake up and smell the coffee.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vinod.rathod.9256 Vinod Rathod

    its not goa..

  • http://www.facebook.com/jibson.alves Jibson Alves

    i too dont believe….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005381617613 Pavan Kumar

    I have enjoyed in Vasco- BEach in 2002,2003 and 2004….

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.braganza1 Mark Braganza

    I too don’t believe this is Goa.Prostitution in Goa is run on more stealthy ways.This is more like Grant Road, Mumbai,where soliciting is done openly because they have a license to “thrill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaime.barreto3 Jaime Barreto

    This pic. may not be in Goa, but prostitution in Goa exist, ask any police about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenny.cardoz Kenny Cardoz

    if they all want’s dance bar in Goa ,it’s good ,but they should start first from their houses

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.rodrigues.940 Kimberly Rodrigues

    My guess is the photo was taken somewhere in Tamil Nadu, or South Karnataka. However, that still doesn’t mean there aren’t any illegal sex worker activity going around in our state.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gopichari Gopi Chari

    May be the Person who posted this belongs to this Area.?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000567082966 Luis Pereira

    sad, Moreover, it can’t be Goa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judas.cardozo.5 Judas Cardozo

    this is not in goa . but BJP LIKE TO BRING IN GOA AGAIN

  • http://www.facebook.com/malinskafernandes Mika Fernandes

    Its not in goa :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/goaricardo Ricardo Pinto Rebelo

    The picture may not be in Goa….but anybody denying that prostitution & trafficking of women exists in Goa ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cajy.menezes.1 Cajy Menezes

    This post seems suspiciously not in Goa.I,m sure it is some other state.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celinfernandes Celina Fernandes

    WRONG POST

  • http://www.facebook.com/paguirohan Rohan Pagui

    abla nari

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaanpolle Vishant Polle

    i dont believe this Goa ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/Pacifier.63 Zion Leeburton

    Kunal Raikar i agree with you.. prostitution should be a choice and shoulb be legal in india avoiding unwanted shit

  • http://www.facebook.com/kunal.raikar.372 Kunal Raikar

    As per my view prostitution must star but it must b in a perticular area. Coz as we knw this days rape r takng place by outsiders n our respected girl r facing problem by havng crime on them. As i saw few days b4 that a was waitng on bus stand for bus to cum, sudnly tourist boys came n talked wit her for a deal in sexual relation but as she was innocent she shouted thn al people came n settled d matter there only n not tok into big issue coz of that girls carrier.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aniceto.pinto2 Aniceto Pinto

    The one who posted must make it clear… POST AND RUN AWAY… MAY BE ANTI GOAN?

  • http://www.facebook.com/meldan.dcunha Meldan D’Cunha

    surprised

  • http://www.facebook.com/inacinho.cardozo Inacinho Cardozo

    Yes true…there is no such place located in Goa

  • http://www.facebook.com/judas.cardozo.5 Judas Cardozo

    THIS MUMBAI BUSINESS RED LIGHT AREA . O MY GOD WHAT GOING ON IN GOA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dharmendra.fadte Dharmendra Fadte

    1000% PERFECT, ROY BAAB

  • http://www.facebook.com/roy212326 Roy Rosettes

    Bab Dharmendra, some folks will never understand… Time and again I’ve been saying: ”sentence rapists and their mentors and collaborators to death sentence through hanging, execution or point blank range firing squad or electric chair as done in the US UK GERMANY SAUDI IRAQ IRAN OMAN UAE CHINA ETC”….THAN SEE HOW THE SICK INSANE FUCKERS WHO CONTEMPLATE RAPE WILL THINK 10 TIMES OF THE CONSEQUENCES AND FINALLY GIVE UP, ”BY THINKING HOW OTHER RAPIST HAVE BEEN DONE TO DEATH”

    ”Our Indian laws should implement death sentence for each and every rapist, their collaborators and mentors, ‘only than rapes will stop”

  • http://www.facebook.com/dharmendra.fadte Dharmendra Fadte

    SO WHY NOT ASK OUR CM TO REGULARIZE PROSTITUTION. ONLY THIS IS MISSING NOW, REST EVERYTHING IS THERE. MOST OF THE RAPES ARE BY NON-GOANS AND MIGRANT PEOPLE. AND SOME LOOSE CHARACTERS GOAN YOUTH, WHO ARE TEMPTED BECAUSE OF WESTERN VULGARITY. INSTEAD OF PROTECTING OUR GOAN WOMAN DIGNITY AND OUR RESPECTED CULTURE, SOME PEOPLE TALK SENSE LESS. WHAT @ OUR DAUGHTERS AND SISTER AT HOME. RAPES ARE BECAUSE, LACK OF POLICE ADMINISTRATION AND BAD LAW PRACTICE. OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE MANAGED BY POLITICIANS. FOR EXAMPLE, VASCO RAPE CASE AND COLVA INCIDENT. LOOK AT GULF COUNTRIES. HOW THEY GIVE JUSTICE TO RAPE VICTIM. NO ONE DARE TO DREAM EVEN OF DOING SUCH LOOSE MENTALITY CRIME.
    NEGATIVE WRITERS, THINK THE DIGNITY OF THE WOMEN AROUND YOU.

  • Anant Sambhaji

    Dangerous situation, if it is true. Drastic measures r necessary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/viraj.malkar.5 Viraj Malkar

    ani prostitutio na jalyar rape cases kitlyo vadtalyo tyo khabar asa?????/

  • http://www.facebook.com/dharmendra.fadte Dharmendra Fadte

    The one who posted, should be dragged to court and a case to be filed for defamation.

  • Nanu

    Who is writer ?? Nice story.. You should be writer …. all is bullshit….

  • http://www.facebook.com/jane16.fernandes Jane Fernandes

    We are slowly turning from bad (Congress) to worst (BJP)

  • http://www.facebook.com/stella.fernandes.370 Stella Fernandes

    ITS NOT IN GOA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sunilmarathe Sunil Marathe

    This looks like Tamil nadu

  • http://www.facebook.com/allwyn.rod Allwyn Rodrigues

    for sure not Goa.. people who post pics should verify the authenticicity of them and relevance to the topic..

  • http://www.facebook.com/valley.faleiro Valley Faleiro

    Is this Goa or Bihar ????

  • http://www.facebook.com/aniceto.pinto2 Aniceto Pinto

    Certainly it should not be on GS?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pfborges Peter F. Borges

    It would be appreciated if the problem is properly understood and presented in a fitting manner….besides language sensitivity, there are facts which are not presented properly

  • http://www.facebook.com/debtexeira Debbie Texeira

    This is certainly not Goa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiran.naik.77715 Kiran Naik

    r u advertising prostitution? I bat this photo is not from goa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aniceto.pinto2 Aniceto Pinto

    Name the place and the Godless and shit infected area shown here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/agneloazavedo Agnelo Azavedo

    I doubt if this pic is of any place in Goa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/diksha.sawant.92 Diksha Sawant

    We have to stop it

  • http://www.facebook.com/vinayak.gadgil Vinayak Gadgil

    This is not a SNAP FROM OUR GOA..This is from budhwar peth… I sAY its not snap from Goa… http://sunnygusain.blogspot.in/2009/06/why-prostitution-should-be-legalized.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/harsh.kaisare Harsh Kaisare

    OMG