In 2005, with a statewide ban on dance bars, many dancing girls, who couldn't find other means of income, moved to prostitution to survive, in Mumbai's red-light districts, like Kamathipura.
According to police, in 2005, there were 100,000 prostitutes working out of five-star hotels and brothels across Mumbai.
Due to tough police crackdown, in the late 1990s with the rise of AIDS and government's redevelopment policy that helped sex workers to move out of the profession and subsequently out of Kamathipura, the number of sex workers in the area has dwindled.
They hang around in the streets, solicit customers, and then rent an available bed.
Now these streets are playgrounds for human traffickers and mafia in addition to the economic refugees who came during the past years.