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Trafficking: New draft proposes national body for rescue, rehabilitation

Author: Daily Excelsior , Published on: 1 August 2016

A pan-India communication network which will include hotlines for preventing trafficking and a national-level body that will coordinate interstate and transborder rescue activities and rehabilitation of victims are some of the new proposals in the revised Draft Trafficking Bill prepared by Women and Child Development Ministry....There is now a proper definition of trafficking which was earlier missing. The definition derives from Section 370 of Indian Penal Code...Changes have also been made to state that rehabilitation will take place under the Juvenile Justice Act, which has robust mechanisms for providing shelter to victims rescued. The reference to JJ Act, 2015 was missing earlier....There are also several new propositions. The proposed legislation now has an additional criteria of “aggravated trafficking” with stricter punishment for offences under 17 different categories including trafficking of children, transgenders, exposing the victim to HIV/AIDS or where the offence results in pregnancy.

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