Supreme Court considers prostitution as a valid profession, orders - police should not disturb them

The Supreme Court has ordered the police of all states and union territories that they should not interfere in the work of sex workers.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered the police of all states and union territories that they should not interfere in the work of sex workers. Considering sex work as a profession, the court said that the police should not take criminal action against adult and consensual sex work women.


The Supreme Court said, 'Sex workers are also entitled to dignity and equal protection under the law.' The bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai and AS Bopanna in the Supreme Court issued 6 directions to protect the rights of sex workers While saying that sex workers are also entitled to equal protection under the law.


The court said, 'When it becomes clear that the sex worker is an adult and is doing this work of his own free will, then the police should refrain from interfering in him and taking criminal action'. The person has the right to a dignified life under Article 21 of the Constitution.' The court also ordered that whenever the police conduct raids, sex workers should not be arrested or harassed, because it is not illegal to engage in sex work out of desire, only It is illegal to run a brothel.


The court said, 'A woman is a sex worker, her child should not be separated from her mother just because she is. Sex workers and their children also have the right to fundamental protection and dignified life. If a minor is found to be residing in a brothel, or is found to be living with a sex worker, the child should not be presumed to have been trafficked. Deserves to all basic human rights and other rights.' The bench said, 'Police should treat all sex workers with respect and should not abuse them verbally or physically. Nor should they be forced into any sexual activity.