With the passage of time, girls from impoverished families also came to join them.”The motivating factor for most call girls in Karachi today is the considerable amount of money they can earn in the profession.Some maintain they were compelled to enter prostitution because their families had no breadwinner left after the death or remarriage of the household father, while others cite poverty resulting from divorce.It becomes hard for her to meet even her monthly expenses.Those with dancing skills, however, have some bonus years in which to attract customers in this marketplace."The most astute call girls in Karachi work in tandem with their pimps for between six to eight months, after which time they strike out on their own to become suppliers. A one time call girl, she is today one of the best-known pimps in Karachi’s higher social strata.Besides Bengali girls, women from the Central Asian States, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Burma can also be found marketing themselves in the capital.Prostitution was formalised for the first time in the Indian subcontinent by the British government in the mid-18th century.Britain's colonial legacy in Pakistan left a thriving but dark commercial sector in the country's capital, Karachi.Massoud Ansari investigates the city's desperate marketplace that trades in young women…“Could you deflower a girl? "She has been rotting at my place for the last couple of weeks, with no potential customers…”She wants to put the 14-year-old girl to work in Karachi's commercial sex market as soon as possible.
After some haggling, a deal is struck at 15,000 rupees, with an additional two thousand rupees thrown in as a “mithai for nath utrai” (tip for deflowering). Far from being an exception, this is the typical manner in which hundreds of young girls enter the profession of commercial sex in the city to become "call girls." Over the years, Karachi, the economic jugular of the country, has become one of the major "mandis" (markets) for commercial sex in Pakistan, where girls as young as 14 can be purchased from 300 rupees upwards, depending upon the client, the service demanded, the location, and the girl’s physical attributes.Rabia, popularly known as "Bhabi" in the Karachi circuit, demands 20,000 rupees for a night with her new recruit and guarantees the girl’s virginity personally.“The market is down these days, otherwise she is worth at least 50,000 rupees,” she laments.I’m divorced and have only a high school education.One of my friends told me about the money I could earn from prostitution and introduced me to "Auntie Shamim.” The girl shares 40 per cent of her income with her "business auntie" in return for her contacts, shelter and protection.