Unable to withstand the family pressure, Sheila ran away from home at 18 years of age and boarded a train to Sangli, Maharashtra. However, Sheila had no means to earn money, and resorted to sex work to sustain herself. She joined a brothel and has since been a member of the sex worker community for over 22 years. Moreover, clients are not approaching the brothels because of the risks of the pandemic. So, since April 2020, with maybe a little work here and there, it has not been looking good for sex workers,” says Sheila.
Purnkuti is helping such communities survive difficult times. Purnkuti distributed 300 kits to sex workers at Budhwar Peth on 24th July.