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Staff Reporter Calcutta Published 03.03.01, 12:00 AM
Calcutta, March 3 :    Calcutta, March 3:  The Millennium Milan Mela, an international fair for sex workers at the Salt Lake Stadium, began on Saturday. The three-day meet, organised by the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), was inaugurated by sheriff Suchitra Mitra. The fair is being attended by over 5,000 sex workers and representatives of organisations working for the rights of the commercial sex worker (CSW), mainly from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia. Displays have been put up at stalls by participating organisations. A health booth with doctors conducting blood-group tests, physical examinations, and counselling for HIV testing has been set up. Issues of discussion include the effectiveness of community mobilisation in prevention of HIV, the morality of the sex trade, the demand for trade-union rights by sex workers, homosexuality, etc. Simultaneously, song, dance, street plays, and art camps are scheduled to take place. The DMSC works in 36 red-light districts of the state. Its projects include peer education about human rights of CSWs and their children, HIV/AIDS awareness and promotion of condom usage. Schools for street children: The civic body will introduce about 100 schools for street children in the city. The Centre will provide funds for the project, a civic body member said.    
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