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The New Human Trafficking Bill Needs To Rethink Raids, Rescues And Rehabilitation

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.