In Sonagachi's red light district, an estimated 12,000 prostitutes under 18, Indian children, are raped for less than 1 euro a day. These sobering pictures captured by Mumbai-born multimedia journalist Souvid Datta tell an important story. The subject matter of this photographic series are sex workers in India and their children.
Datta was inspired to shoot 'Shadows of Kolkata' for both personal and political reasons. At the age of 8 he moved to London, but would visit his grandparents in Kolkata once a year. He also has previous experience volunteering with a non-governmental organization in the area, and was outraged by the injustices caused by poor government control. The thriving sex traffic industry and the fate of Indian children troubled him deeply.