Hey Eve! How are you?? :-)
Aditya, why do you want to hit on the livelihood of professional fixers and suggest tuk tuk drivers? Well, anyway, you take a tuk tuk driver, you get a tuk tuk quality!
Let me give you an example. Apart from producing/line producing lot of news stories and documentaries, I also fix and will tell you one of my fixing experience. Albertina D’urso, a Lightstalkers member came to India to shoot a story about Mumbai’s night life, prostitutes, street, high class and even male sex workers (gigolo’s).
She could have taken a Taxi driver and he would have made the rounds of the red light districts and thats it. What I did was hang around the red light district for hours and hours and developed some friendships and trust. I also got myself introduced to a madam who deals in top class women ;-) I initially did not tell her about what we wanted and started taking her out for drinks etc and slowly gained her trust. One day I casually mentioned that I find her work mis-understood and I know a European photographer who would be interested to cover the story of your girls. She agreed and the rest is history! We met young boys who moonlight as sex workers too through some contacts which again is possible only through the dark contacts a fixer can develop.
I am sure work/life goes on whether you chose tuk tuk drivers or professional fixers. But I can bet my profession that the quality will be vastly different. Don’t equate fixers with tuk tuk drivers. If I tell your client that you really do not need an Aditya Kapoor, any photo studio guy who takes passport photos who can press the click button can be a photographer, would you find that acceptable?