Sex workers who report to AP State AIDS Control Society centres are to be issued identity cards soon. The Apsacs project director, Mr R. Chandravadan, said the ‘Smart Sahara’ cards would be of much help to the sex workers. “We are issuing ID cards to sex workers and those living with HIV so that they can get access to government schemes easily,” he said.
Mr Chandravadan said the ID cards would help sex workers get 50 per cent discount on railway tickets, concessions in APSRTC buses and self-employment loans. They would also co-me of use in police stations. “We will issue identity cards for all women in this trade,” he said while speaking at an awareness programme for sex workers. He pointed out that aged sex workers and male sex workers face much discrimination everywhere. “This card will avoid problems for them when they go to government departments,” Mr Chandravadan said