Anti-trafficking units will be set up in every district headed by a state nodal officer
GN Bureau | August 1, 2018
“Thousands of children are transported through railways. Last year only we received more than four crore calls in our childcare helpline… How can we stay silent when children and women are sold like goods?” This is how women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi on concluded her speech while asking other members to vote in favour of the anti-trafficking bill.
The Lok Sabha on July 26, 2018, passed the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, making all form of trafficking of children and women, with provision for prevention and rehabilitation.
The bill resolutely affirms that ours is a nation that espouses, in letter and spirit, the motto of “zero tolerance” to any human trafficking, including forced marriage, bonded labour, organ trafficking, sexual exploitation
At a time when, National Crime Record Bureau data of 2016 says that total of 19,223 women and children rescued in compare to 15,448 in 2015, the country needs a stronger and trafficking bill. On an average, 63 people are rescued every day in 2016 from the countrywide racket that knows no frontiers.
The bill provides for the prevention, rescue, and rehabilitation of trafficked persons. Key features of the bill include:
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