New legislation designed to regulate the matters regarding human trafficking has been recently introduced in the Rajya Sabha. In July this year the bill was passed by the lower house and now community affected by this problem has requested the same to be passed by Upper house till the end of this session. However, the current Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill has raised concerns amongst social worker’s, lawyers etc regarding its provision, their key demand is that the Bill should explicitly exclude adult persons voluntarily engaged in sex work. Due to confusion regarding the term victims of sexual exploitation or human trafficking and persons who voluntarily opt to provide sex to make a living in the bill, the purposed bill has the potential to criminalize all kinds of adult sex work. Movement against human trafficking has now taken a global face. According to 2016, United Nations Office on Drugs and crime 158 governments have introduced law regarding the criminalization of trafficking. But the key is in the details of a particular legislation, it is not always that a particular law is free of any flaws similarly we need to look into the proposed bill and consider all its provisions to render any fallibility that it might contain and for the same the National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) has written to Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu demanding that the Bill be sent to the Standing Committee of the Upper House. The NNSW has also urged a “meaningful dialogue” with the communities affected by the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation), 2018, Bill. The current bill also does not provide any system to look after and ensure accountability of the shelter homes or revocation of licenses or punishment for those running the centers in case of non- compliance. Therefore instead of rushing to the finish line, the government needs to look into the bill ask whether the bill purposed intends to do more good than harm to the society.
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