Tribune Take: Calling the call girls

Published: December 24, 2011

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take we look at ‘The Flesh Trade‘ – T-Magazine’s cover story for this week.

Ameer Hamza Ahmed, sub-editor T-magazine, discusses the changing face of prostitution in Pakistan. He says that  when one talks about prostitution in Pakistan, the one instantly thinks about Heera Mandi – the notorious red light district of Lahore.

He says that the author, Ali Usman, tries to explain the changes that traditional red light district have undergone. The district, the kothas and gharanas have been replaced with DJs and guitar shops. However, Ahmed says prostitution still seems rampant, only with the environment turning seedier.

For a different perspective on the top story, this week’s T-Magazine also carries interviews with a pimp, a male escort and an Azerbaijani call girl based in Karachi.

Read this week’s T-Magazine articles here.

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The Take will feature in-depth interviews and analysis with editors and reporters who are covering the major stories, exploring front page events and major ledes. The news analysis covers the way The Express Tribune examines a story, how we cover it and why.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • abdul moiz
    Dec 24, 2011 - 9:59PM

    why were the women photographed surreptiously when they didn’t want to be filmed? when they realised they were being filmed,they hid their faces so why was the cameraman trying to film them without their consent?


  • Maria
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:06AM

    It shows the level of integrity of some journalists that they would publish pictures of women who obviously would not like to see themselves displayed. Don’t the people who made this documentary have any respect for the privacy of others? Imagine if they tried this in a Western nation! Prostitution has been around since the dawn of mankind. Whether it is in the more liberal West, the poor slums of Calcutta or Bomaby’s Kamthipura( Asia’s largest Red Light Area) or even in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan under the Taleban. People should try to regulate it or empower women but it can never be stamped out sadly. At least people should respect sex wrokers who are forced to live such lives due to whatever circumstances. Even in the liberal West sex workers and porn stars change their names to protect their identity and families.


  • Straight Fire
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:42PM

    @abdul moiz:
    If things can happen without God’s consent … everything else is possible then


  • Honor vs Freedom
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:48PM

    Ending ones’s life rather accepting disgrace and cheapness is somehow recommended human behavior … If the sufferer doesn’t have power to kill himself then there are millions other who can get the job done ‘In the name of Honor’ …


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