Not until a woman of exceptional purity and strength of character rises and devotes herself to the task of redeeming this portion of fallen humanity, will the problem of prostitution be tackled. No doubt man can do much among men. . . . Prostitution is as old as the world, but I wonder if it was ever a regular feature of town life that it is today. In any case, a time must come when humanity will rise against the curse and make prostitution a thing of the past as it has got rid of many evil customs, however time honored they might have been.
Lakshmi Raghuramaiah, Night Birds: Indian Prostitutes from Devadasis to Call Girls v (1991) (quoting Mahatma Gandhi).