Partner at Change Mantras, Co-Founder of Sanjog India
I am a researcher on trafficking and migration issues. I am a founding member and advisor to Sanjog, an organisation that works in India to strengthen State policies and implementation of anti trafficking laws and welfare schemes by governments, and builds capacities of NGOs that provide services to survivors of trafficking in their rehabilitation. I am a member of the Central Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, mandated to combat trafficking and sexual exploitation in women and children. I am part of the Standing Committee that was formed by the MWCD to implement the NLSA recommendations to the Government of India to combat human trafficking, and the Interministerial Committee that worked on building the new Bill on Human Trafficking.
On 30 May this year, while releasing the draft Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016, Maneka Gandhi conceded that it has plenty of room for incorporating nuances. In making this point, she gave a highly pertinent example: "If a woman has been trafficked 15 years ago and is now a part of the sex trade, will she considered be a trafficked victim or not?" This is a critical point that perhaps baffles most governments and creates arguments amongst activists over their ideological and moral positions.