Brides for Sale: India’s Sorrow?

By Tanya Chandra, Founder, LexQuest Foundation.

As India’s latest Anti-Trafficking Bill awaits informed modifications and superior content editions, it’s unfortunate that a major component of human trafficking which concerns the sinister trade of women and young girls across several States of India has somehow escaped the eye of our Legislators. Bride Trafficking, a practice so tragic that under the garb of marriage, women are commodified throughout the cycle of their reproductive lives and resold several times, has yet again failed to be conducively acknowledged as a crisis that needs urgent attention from the Legislature. (more…)

From the Lens of Humiliating Stares and Jockstrap Jibes: The Laws Governing Prostitutes in India

By Adv. Shriya Maini.

Co-Authored by Pooja Jasani, Gujarat National Law University.

2017 saw the release of an exciting Bollywood flick based on the contentious subject of sex workers in India and their argumentative profession of prostitution. Begum Jaan revolved around a group of prostitutes struggling for survival amidst humiliating stares and jockstrap jibes. The female protagonist of the film ran the reigns of the brothel business and was essentially what one could call the Manager tawaif, kothewali or devdasi (glorious desi synonyms for a prostitute). Though I thoroughly enjoyed watching the film, what essentially provoked me was that prostitution was still viewed as an unlawful societal hazard, when all that the profession entailed was having consensual sex with another consenting adult, that too, behind a closed door. What truly struck me was when the shackled tawaif professed: “Sahab, humaare dhandhe mai aurat ko kabhi azaadi nahi milti.” (more…)

Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018: A Pressing Need of the Hour

By Shivangi Singh, Amity Law School, Lucknow.

Trafficking of persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. (more…)

Trafficking as Modern Slavery and the Youth of Today: A Socio-Legal Study

By Minakshi Goswami, Research Fellow, Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Assam.

Human trafficking refers to a process wherein individuals are placed or maintained in an exploitative situation for monetary gain. Trafficking can occur within a country or may involve movement across borders. Anyone anytime may become a victim of trafficking. Whether women, men or children. The motive behind commission of this crime are many; including forced and exploitative labour in factories, farms and private households, sexual exploitation, and forced marriage. Trafficking affects all regions and most countries of the world. (more…)

Human Trafficking: An Analysis

By Monika Dilip Banode, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.

The major focus of the article is the status and conditions of the victims of human trafficking and Legal framework for combating and preventing human trafficking. Human trafficking, as we all know, is one of the most serious crimes in the world. Despite increasing global attention and significant responses human trafficking is today a very tragic reality. It is hard to imagine that world which talks about love, peace, and brotherhood among fellow human being, indulged in atrocious activities against the same. (more…)

Human Trade: A Loathsome Business

By Prerana Tara, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies.

No less than 20.9 million children and adults are purchased and sold worldwide into business sexual servitude, constrained work and bonded work. Around 2 million kids are abused consistently in the worldwide business sex exchange. Just about 6 in 10 recognized trafficking survivors were trafficked for sexual exploitation. Ladies and young ladies make up 98% of casualties of trafficking for sexual exploitation. (more…)