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Life at Mumbai's nakas

By Svati P Shah

Thousands of migrants come to Mumbai every year. Most end up working in the city's informal sector, seeking daily wage labour at the many nakas, or street corners, that function as public labour markets every morning. Women at the Malad naka say that when they cannot find construction or other work they solicit paid sex. But can migration, human trafficking and prostitution be conflated in the bodies of poor female migrants?