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India unveils first comprehensive draft law on human trafficking

Author: Nita Bhalla, Thompson Reuters, Published on: 30 May 2016

India's Minister for Women and Children unveiled a draft of the country's first-ever comprehensive anti-human trafficking law, which would treat survivors as victims in need of assistance and protection rather than as criminals...Women's Minister Maneka Gandhi said the draft bill aims to unify existing anti-trafficking laws, prioritise survivors' needs, and prevent victims such as those found in brothel raids from being arrested and jailed like traffickers...Gandhi said the draft bill would strengthen prosecutions and boost the number of convictions by setting up a special investigative agency to coordinate work between states and collect intelligence on trafficking offences....Gandhi said her ministry would be accepting suggestions until June 30 on how to further improve the proposed bill...It would then go to all the ministries for their feedback. The final bill could be brought before the Indian parliament by the end of the year, she added.

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