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India: Anti-trafficking bill raises hopes and some fears

Author: Namita Bhandare, Live Mint, Published on: 21 August 2016

Minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi received a rather unusual letter last month. Signed by 23 survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation from villages in West Bengal, the letter expressed their hopes—and fears—of India’s first and most comprehensive draft bill on trafficking...The letter listed what about the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill made the women happy and what about it had them worried....Nothing is said about fighting stigma against survivors of trafficking. A girl is often tortured by her very own family members after she is back, and she has no other way but to keep silent to protect her dignity in front of others,” the women wrote.

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