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This youth-led study was conducted in an effort to develop a greater understanding of the realities
faced by children living and growing up in the four largest red light areas in Kolkata, India: Kalighat,
Bowbazar, Tollygunge, and Khidderpur.The study aimed to delve deeper into the lives of children living in the complex world of Kolkata’s red light areas. In trying to understand the vulnerabilities faced by these children, effort was made to explore potential measures for improving the protection of the children living in these areas. It is hoped that the findings and recommendations from this study will provide a stronger platform from which to advocate for greater action and meaningful policy change to ensure better living conditions and essential child protection mechanisms within communities located in red light areas.