Prostitution may be brothel-based or non-brothel based as in the case of call girls.

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However, recently we came across this circular (the authenticity of which we cannot guarantee) that's doing the rounds on the internet.

In Kolkata, prostitution is present in different forms.

In Sonagachhi, few houses can be seen marked with the lines, "ইহা ভদ্রলোকের বাড়ী" which means, "This is a gentleman's house".

People who are not involved in any way with prostitution business and do other good jobs, and lived in their family-owned houses for many years, but who have not been able to move out of the area due to financial or other reasons, they have marked their houses as such so that they are not disturbed by customers or any other persons in any way.

" As customers wished, the fee varied according to their choice.

The lower-class and middle-class of prostitute areas were scattered around Haarkaata Gully and near Chetla/Kalighat bridge.From the middle of the 19th century, the British colonial administration, Christian Missionaries, and native English-knowing educated 'Victorian' Indian gentlemen started campaign against prostitutes.This was their part of the project of social 'sanitation' process for creating the so-called 'gentle-society'. Kaliprasanna Singha, the 'Vidyotsahini Sabha' ( বিদ্যোৎসাহিনী সভা ) submitted one mass-petition in the Indian Legislative Council.The areas near Rippon Street or Elliot Road could not be exactly referred as a 'prostitute area'. Prostitutes who also lived there in different houses, they used to do their business in Kothhas or Kuthhis (small empty rooms for prostitution purpose only) scattered over the area.The Bengali customers generally never visited those Kuthhis.On the south it was Kalighat to Khidirpur dock areas, in the middle-Calcutta it was Kalinga-Fenwick Bazar, on the far south in Kareya area many girls from different social-classes of Hindu-Muslim-Christian communities were engaged with this profession.