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

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Will Trafficking Bill 2018 Harm Bonded Labourers?

The passage of the proposed Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 has been on the anvil for the past few years now. The bill pays scant, almost tokenist attention to the issue of bonded labour. Worse still, it is highly likely to harm the interests of bonded labourers. The first half of this article offers a critique of the bill from the perspective of the bonded labourers' movement. In the second half, unique features of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976, which presents a superior alternative to the bill as a way of addressing bonded and forced labour in India today, are highlighted.
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