These were well-developed and attracted both wealthy clients and those looking for singers and actresses.The prostitutes and associates in the sex-trade were named Kanjars.
In 2003, approximately 20,000 minors were engaged in prostitution in Pakistan.
A recent study indicated that major cities like Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan have large population of sex workers.
Being a blacksmith, goldsmith, shoemaker, or gardener etc.
Thus, became hereditary professions of specific communities.
Those born into the profession are 'schooled' at home and operate under the management of their mother or another older female relative.
Prostitution, especially in brothels, often remains associated with human trafficking as trafficked women are sold into brothels.Both female and male prostitution have grown in operational yield in Pakistan over the years.With this increase in professional sex-trade in the country, non-governmental organisations are beginning to worry about issues like discrimination and AIDS.During the rule of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, who tried to Islamise the nation, prostitution was viewed as an "evil" in society, and attempts were made to eradicate prostitution. The hours for performance of the dancing girls were reduced to two hours every evening.Police checkpoints were established in all entrances of red-light districts during the hours of rehearsing or practising music where the names of the visitors in red-light areas were recorded in police register, frightening the clients away.Many sex workers in these cities operate from hotels or homes.