But displaced sex workers continue to return to Kamathipura, and are forced to solicit on the streets, Kundu said.
Kamathipura, where many of these women are brought, once serviced workers from the erstwhile textile mills and docklands.
"You can educate children in schools about safe sex but the people who need to be targeted the most are the sex workers themselves," says Penny Richards, the communications director for the Avahan India AIDS Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
"The other group in need of education are men who have sex with men." The sex workers of Mumbai have long attracted the interest of photographers.
By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, June 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rising rents and redevelopment are forcing sex workers out of Mumbai's oldest red-light district, leaving them vulnerable to further exploitation, according to a new report.
Police crackdowns and gentrification have pushed most sex workers out of the infamous Kamathipura district to the suburbs, from where they commute back to solicit on the streets, placing them in greater danger, said Ratoola Kundu, an assistant professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.