Roop Sen, ac­tivist, founder of San­jog

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The cur­rent ap­proach to re­ha­bil­i­tate vic­tims of sex traf­fick­ing is to in­sti­tu­tion­alise them in closed in­sti­tu­tions, which the ngos call shel- ter homes. But for sur­vivors, the vo­ca­tional train­ing does not lead to em­ploy­ment and takes away vi­tal years of child­hood and youth from them. What is re­quired in the con­text is for ser­vices to be pro­vided to them once they re­turn to their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. That is where they need anti-poverty ser­vices, le­gal ser­vices, health ser­vices and so­cial work­ers’ as­sis­tance to en­sure that fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties do not stig­ma­tise them. The new bill de­fines re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and makes the state com­mit to ser­vices to be pro­vided for vic­tims’ re­cov­ery and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, both eco­nomic and so­cial. The district mag­is­trate is named as the re­spon­si­ble au­thor­ity to en­sure re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and pre­ven­tion. This can help in main­stream­ing ser­vices through pan­chay­ats, ru­ral health care cen­tres and hos­pi­tals, and block devel­op­ment of­fices in­stead of fun­nelling ser­vices through the so­cial wel­fare de­part­ment and ngos. all of these gran­u­lar is­sues and pro­cesses will need to be il­lus­trated when states draw up im­ple­men­ta­tion rules.”

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