In India, prostitution is legal under certain conditions,but related activities, including soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel, pimping and pandering, are crimes.
There are up to 3 million prostitutes in India. The price can range from $1.00 to $1,000.00
- Delhi — New Delhi is the capital of India and is situated within the larger area of Delhi. The neighbouring towns of Delhi form an urban continuity with Delhi, and they are Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Faridabad, etc.
- Bangalore — now also known as Bengaluru. The garden city, once the sleepy home of pensioners now transformed into a city of pubs and high-technology companies.
- Chennai — formerly known as Madras. Main port in Southern India, cultural centre, automobile capital of India and a fast emerging IT hub.
- Hyderabad — known for pearl and diamond trading, now with major manufacturing and financial institutions and a growing IT sector.
- Jaipur — the Pink City is a major exhibit of the Hindu Rajput culture of medieval Northern India.
- Kochi — the Queen of the Arabian Sea, historically, a centre of international trade, now the gateway to the sandy beaches and backwaters.
- Kolkata — formerly known as Calcutta. The cultural capital of India, Kolkata is home to numerous colonial buildings. It is known as The City of Joy.
- Mumbai — formerly known as Bombay. The financial capital of India, sometimes called the city which never sleeps. Home of “Bollywood”, the Hindi film industry.
- Varanasi — also known as Banaras. Considered the most sacred Hindu city, located on the banks of the Ganges, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities of the world.
- Bodh Gaya — the place where the Buddha Sakyamuni attained enlightenment.
- Ellora/Ajanta — spectacular rock-cut cave monasteries and temples, holy place for the Buddhists, Jains and Hindus.
- Goa — an east-west mix, beaches and syncretic culture.
- Golden Temple — Sikh holy site located in Amritsar
- Hampi — the awesome ruins of the empire of Vijayanagara
- Khajuraho — famed for its erotic sculptures
- Konark — Sun Temple, unique example of Kalingan Architecture, an UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Lake Palace — the Lake Palace of Octopussy fame, located in Udaipur
- Meenakshi Amman Temple/Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple — a spectacular Hindu temple in Madurai
- Taj Mahal — the incomparable marble tomb in Agra. One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Prostitution is widespread in India. Human Rights Watch puts the figure of sex workers in India at around 20 million, with Mumbai alone being home to 200,000 sex workers, the largest sex industry centre in Asia. The number of prostitutes rose by 50% between 1997 and 2004.
Brothels are illegal but in practice are restricted in location to certain areas of any given town. Though the profession does not have official sanction, little effort is made to prevent it.
The largest and best-known red-light districts are Sonagachi in Kolkata, Kamathipura in Mumbai, G.B. Road in New Delhi, Kashmiri Market in Agra, Reshampura in Gwalior, Ward No.14, Silchar [Assam] and Budhwar Peth in Pune host thousands of sex workers. In recent years red-light centres across various parts of India are common place for international sex tourism. Earlier, there were other centres such as Maduahdiah in Varanasi, Naqqasa Bazaar in Saharanpur, Chaturbhuj Sthan in Muzaffarpur, Peddapuram and Gudivada in Andhra Pradesh. Meerganj Allahabad Ganga Jamuna Nagpur. kabadi bazar of Meerut.