New an­ti­traf­fick­ing bill raises a range of ques­tions

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The new bill is one step foward. it’s not a bad bill and we sup­port it. The bill pro­poses at­tach­ment and for­fei­ture of prop­erty used for traf­fick­ing, which is a great step. How­ever, the main fo­cus should be on im­ple­men­ta­tion. The bill un­der­es­ti­mates the role of state com­mis­sions for women and doesn’t give them the power to act. it gives more power to anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing units (AHTUS). The new bill di­vides re­spon­si­bil­i­ties be­tween the cen­tre, the state, and district au­thor­i­ties, with AHTUS an­swer­able to both

the cen­tre and the state. ac­tu­ally, more power should be given to the police and the police should be held ac­count­able.

at least the bill talks about re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, in fact about a holis­tic and mul­ti­pronged ap­proach to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, in­clud­ing eco­nomic, psy­cho­log­i­cal and so­cial, which is ap­pre­ci­ated. But the gov­ern­ment must en­sure that vic­tims’ iden­tity never gets re­vealed. in courts, when re­quired, the gov­ern­ment pro­tects the iden­ti­ties of vic­tims, so why not in these cases?

Pros­ti­tu­tion is the worst kind of slav­ery. Will those who sup­port le­gal­i­sa­tion of pros­ti­tu­tion al­low their daugh­ters to get into the busi­ness? i can­not. and even a sex worker doesn’t want her child to be­come a sex worker. Women are forced into pros­ti­tu­tion. no one chooses pros­ti­tu­tion.

a lot needs to be done about our shel­ter homes, which must be strictly mon­i­tored. it’s the gov­ern­ment’s job to make sure that vic­tims feel safe at shel­ter homes. res­cued sex work­ers of­ten say there’s no dif­fer­ence be­tween live at gb road (a red-light area in delhi) and shel­ter homes.”

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