1. What Does the Bill Aim to Do?
The Trafficking of Persons Bill aims to look at making India a leader among South Asian nations in combatting human trafficking. It addresses the issue of trafficking from the point of prevention, protection and rehabilitation.
More importantly, it creates a distinction between the trafficker and the trafficked, ensuring victims are not wrongfully detained.
The Bill also proposes to provide rehabilitation to the victims and raise the quantum of punishment for the accused from seven years to 10 years. It also proposes to have designated courts in every district for time-bound trials and protecting the trafficked victims at the earliest.
This law has been in the making for the past two years, and has been piloted by the Women and Child Development Ministry headed by Maneka Gandhi.