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Why The Anti-Trafficking Vs. Sex Work Debate Is Doing Damage To Women's Rights

In India, the debate between sex workers and anti-trafficking campaigners is getting louder with the recent unveiling of the draft Anti Trafficking Bill (2016) by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. I first started working with understanding the issues of sex workers in 1996, and later went on to lead a national programme on the prevention of trafficking and HIV in India. Based on my observations, here are the two reasons why this head-on clash of rights is fundamentally flawed.