Nisha Gu­lur, ac­tivist, mem­ber Na­tional Net­work of Sex Work­ers

Governance Now - - LAW -

over the past seven months, the na­tional net­work of Sex Work­ers held ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions on the bill with sex work­ers and trans- gen­ders from across eight states. Even be­fore the bill was passed in the lok Sabha, we re­quested all mps to send the bill to the stand­ing com­mit­tee. We want a dis­cus­sion with the gov­ern­ment and pol­i­cy­mak­ers.

The pro­posed bill does not ac­count for the con­sent of the per­son at the re­ceiv­ing end of its res­cue and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion model. The law gives more power to anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing units (AHTUS) to de­cide about the lives of sex work­ers picked up in raids. They will be de­cid­ing on be­half of the vic­tims. That would be fi­nal and not open to ap­peal in courts.

The bill forces us (sex work­ers and trans­gen­ders) to be repa­tri­ated home. i am trans­gen­der, i found my sup­port sys­tem here in this big town. no one can tag us as im­moral and de­cide on our fu­ture on where we should live.”

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