According to the Global Slavery Index, India has more than seven million victims of modern slavery. It is an alarmingly high number, even for a large country like India. The number of victims is increasing each year, while the conviction rate of perpetrators continues to be abysmally low. Nor are convictions the only issue. The cases of trafficking that enter the criminal justice system are just the tip of the iceberg. The natural outcome of all this is that trafficking is one of the lowest risk crimes, not just in India, but all over the world. Traffickers are not scared of being penalized for the brutality and violence they subject their victims to. In light of this reality, the Lok Sabha has recently passed a new Bill for countering human trafficking. Activists and non-governmental organizations are divided in their opinion on this new proposed law.
- The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018
- Preventing trafficking
- Anti-trafficking bill victim-centric; law will break backbone of this crime: Kailash Satyarthi
- India’s “Anti-Trafficking” Bill Ignores Socio-Economic Realities of Trafficked Persons
- We don’t need the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018
- Does the anti-trafficking Bill address trafficking?
- Good intentions aren’t enough
- A Law For Children