There are officially over 600K sex workers in India alone, unofficially the number is copiously much higher. Despite being such a big industry with so many people directly and indirectly linked to it, The attitude and behavior of society towards the industry of sex workers is very regressive and primitive, resulting, sex workers have always been deprived of basic rights, take for example safety. Within the recent past, there have been improvements like powering up their associations and decriminalization of their work, but still, there’s a long way to go. Hence we wanted to create an app which helps sex workers find a safe place online to share their problems and find solutions to them.
What it does
Shadows is a webapp for Sex Workers (Primarily Female), it is a solution that targets to solve many of the problems that sex workers face in their life, the app consist of discussion forums to talk and share anonymously about their problems and issues, it also has a chat feature to talk to experts regarding their health issues or get appropriate advice, the app also has suggested videos to watch. The primary goal of the app is to assist them, to educate and to protect them
How we built it
We have built the webapp primarily using MERN stack basically react, node.js, MongoDB, insomnia html, css and js.
Challenges we ran into
We had problems setting up the server and making all the app features fully functional as all three of us are totally new to react and node.js
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Being totally new to react and node.js, we are happy to make a fully functional webapp. We also had problem integrating the chat application, but we were able to get it working at the end.
What's next for Shadows
We plan on adding more features like assisting users by providing communication resources with NGOs and doctors and legal authorities. And also adding video chat feature to it.