ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Human Trafficking Bill: Limited Priorities

The Immoral Traffic Prevention (Amendment) Bill 2006 amending the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act (ITPA) 1956 has been referred to a group of ministers after objections were raised at a union cabinet meeting earlier this week to a few of the proposed changes. The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in May last year and had been discussed in a parliamentary standing committee.

The amended version of the bill treats sex workers as victims rather than offenders and “decriminalises” prostitution. Of the nearly three million sex workers in the country (unofficial estimates put the number at 10 million), 40 per cent are reportedly below 18 years and a large percentage of women and children are trafficked from Bangladesh and Nepal.

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