When Pinky saw an unusually large crowd outside her room on the night of November 8, she was a little startled. She peeped cautiously; the place is notorious for violent crimes—assault, rape, gang rape, even murder. Pinky is one of the more than 30,000 sex workers who do business every night at Sonagachi in Kolkata, Asia’s biggest and most crowded red-light area. Then she saw her pimp collecting money and seating people in a kind of first-come-first-served queue. She recognised m