Nisha Gulur, activist, member National Network of Sex Workers
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.”