Arunendra Pandey, of Arz, a Goabased NGO working to rehabilitate sex workers
The bill fails on rehabilitation and creation of alternative livelihoods. it talks about shelter-based rehabilitation in two kinds of homes – protection homes and rehabilitation homes. However, both are generally rejected by victims of commercial sexual exploitation. These homes can be fine as temporary shelters but not in the long run. What we have been demanding is community-based, nonshelter home-based rehabilitation.
my 15 years’ experience says that many of these women, when they come out, do not want to be caged. Their freedom is curtailed in the name of being provided services. They want to live a life like you and me, with freedom. We need to talk about their livelihood separately. The government fails to do this. moreover, the bill fails to give protection to victims. all these reasons could result in re-trafficking. Eighty percent of the rescued women want to come out from the dark world of trafficking, but we need better rehabilitation measures and alternatives.
The government cannot rehabilitate a bonded labourer in the same manner as someone who has been sexually exploited. are they going to give the same kind of services to all victims? The kind of abuse victims received is different. They cannot be treated in the same manner. Both need a different kind of counselling and emotional support. The bill is fine on paper, but it lacks the