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Autobiography of a Sex Worker, Nalini Jameela -DCB

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"There is no difference between a scientist who uses his brains, a teacher who uses his verbal abilities, a labourer who uses his hands and a sex worker who uses her body," Says Nalini.

She goes on to say "How many women in Kerala have to live with men they don't like, suffering insults, torture and even domestic rape, all because of some false concepts about marital life?"

Unlike many young women who have been forced or tricked into prostitution by powerful people, however, Nalini says she joined the profession of her own will. She is determined to carry on as long as her body permits. She was 25-year-old when she initiated into prostitution

A police jeep had taken her and friend Rosa, a veteran in the trade by then, to Ramanilayam - a government guest house and political beehive - to serve a senior police officer and a politician.

Fifty-one-year-old Nalini Jameela's autobiography exposes like never before how deeply politicians and senior officials in the "progressive" state - which tops welfare and literacy charts - are involved in a flourishing sex racket.

A 152-page book by a street sex worker has smashed the sales record in Kerala, till now held by a Marxist scholar.

The first edition of Oru Laingigathozhilazhiyude Atmakatha (Autobiography of a Sex Worker) was sold out in less than 10 days. The publisher, DC Books, which had printed 2,000 copies, is planning a second edition soon, publications manager A.V. Sreekumar said.
 

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Documenting the Victim: Jameela has made two short films portraying the life of sex workers
Rosechechi promised me Rs 50 if I spent time with a senior police officer. It was a farewell gift for him. After the officer finished, his driver wanted to sleep with us

An Article that appeared in Tehelka had these text.

(Read the entire article at http://www.tehelka.com/story_main13.asp?filename=hub073005the_life_of.asp)

Unable to earn five rupees a day, Nalini Jameela, a young widow stumbled into prostitution. She went on to become a leader of the Sex Workers’ Forum. Her autobiography — candid, defiant, the first of its kind in India — has become a bestseller in Kerala
 

"I am 51 years old. And I would like to continue to be a sex worker.

This is how the candid and defiant opening statement in Nalini Jameela’s autobiography in Malayalam, Oru Lymgika-thozhilaliyude Atmakadha, goes.

It at once throws a challenge at society’s double standards — harsh on prostitutes and soft on the clients. Nalini Jameela, who is the coordinator of the Kerala Sex Workers’ Forum, reveals her sordid story with no trace of compunction.

Within 10 days of its release, 2,000 copies (published by dc Books) flew off the shelves as Keralites lapped up the first autobiography of a sex worker in the country.

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