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

Bandana Pattanaik and Leah SullivanSubscribe to Bandana Pattanaik and Leah Sullivan

India's "Anti-Trafficking" Bill Ignores Socio-Economic Realities of Trafficked Persons

A comprehensive law that seeks to bring Indian anti-trafficking measures in line with international law is much welcome; but is the proposed Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 up to the task? The bill’s approach ignores the factors that drive people to risky situations and fails to integrate the lessons learned by anti-trafficking stakeholders since the adoption of the United Nations Trafficking Protocol, including in relation to reintegration. It adopts a belief that trafficking can be stopped through harsh punishments, rather than addressing root causes, and this indeed may undermine, rather than protect, the human rights of trafficked persons. Implementing a rights-based approach that facilitates, and does not criminalise, migration and one that promotes decent work is the most constructive approach to preventing human trafficking.
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