The good news is that the government of India, recognizing the intensity of the prevailing issue is devising ways to address it – and has even come up with a single comprehensive Act- “The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018” intents to develop a powerful legal, social and economic atmosphere against trafficking of persons and associated issues.
Equally important, nevertheless would be the technological resources of this bill, mostly data and analytics tools that will beat the traffickers, who on the other hand are also tech-savvy. In a nutshell, The Trafficking of Persons Bill unifies the existing laws, looks deep into the survivor’s needs and lets special courts expedite cases to be tabled in Parliament for quick approval.
3 things we need to know about the bill:
On July 26, 2018, a comprehensive law to deal with human trafficking titled Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, was passed by the Parliament. The Bill is touted as one legislation dealing with all form of human trafficking.
The Bill provides for confidentiality of victims, witnesses and complainants, time-bound trials and repatriation of the victims. Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Development Minister, during the discussion on the draft law said that the bill is intended to go after human traffickers and not the victims.