Laws against Trafficking In India
What are the laws preventing trafficking in India?
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The Government of India recently adopted anti-trafficking provisions in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) through the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act of 2013, to conform to the internationally-recognized definition of the crime of trafficking as outlined in the Palermo Protocol. However, India’s other anti-trafficking legislation, which includes more comprehensive anti-trafficking laws, the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (ITPA) of 1956, has not been changed in nearly thirty years. Therefore, Equality Now and Apne Aap are calling on the government to amend the ITPA by including specific provisions that will improve anti-trafficking efforts, protect children and survivors and address other shortcomings still remaining. Amending this Act will put India in line with its international legal obligations under the Protocol. The provisions are: Legal protection and removal of criminal sanctions from women and children in prostitution. Criminalization of pimps and brothel keepers, not women or children in prostitution. Punishment of those who pay for sex. Strict liability for traffickers and buyers of a minor regardless of whether the perpetrators knew the victim’s age. Establishment of a fully government-funded Trafficking Victims Rehabilitation and Welfare Fund.
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