New antitrafficking bill raises a range of questions
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.”