You can always stop the elevator midway, do your thing and be back in seven minutes sharp.
But be ready for the looks that your friends give you once you step back in.
Once the deal is struck, the couple moves off to any of the half a dozen hotels in the Free School Street area.
The "overnight boarders" are let in with no questions asked.
But the oldest red-light area in central Calcutta, Sonagachhee, housing around 10,000 prostitutes, still handles the bulk of the trade.
Making out there acts as a huge stress buster, especially when you are staying up nights continuously.Most of us have no education and two to three kids.Yes, we can work as domestic help to support our families. Money is the only thing that assures self-respect in society," Das said."They call me a 'flying' sex worker because I go back home at night and do not stay in Sonagachi.My only fear is that my son will find out about my work. God wanted me to bear the burden of raising my five siblings and care for my parents. But now, I have no one and my earnings have dwindled. " By forming a collective of sex workers, Durbar empowered them to say no to sex without condoms.My friend's son found out about her and hanged himself. I have two lives and this is how it must be," the woman said. The experiment was so successful that in time, 65,000 sex workers across the country would join this collective.Bashanti*, a daughter of poverty-stricken parents, was sold into the sex trade by her mother, sacrificed so the rest of the family could eat.