In response to the global prevalence of Human Trafficking, India’s Women’s Minister, Maneka Gandhi, unveiled India’s first ever human trafficking law.
Gandhi said that the draft bill would increase the number of violation convictions and strengthen prosecution of violators through implementing the development of a special investigative agency. The agency is expected to function as an intelligence base and coordinate the efforts within the country to collect information on human trafficking offenses. The United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime asserts that South Asia is the fastest-growing and second-largest region for human trafficking in the world.
“The bill shows far more compassion and makes a very clear distinction between the trafficked and the trafficker, which is a nuance that should have been made 60 years ago,” Gandhi said on Monday as she unveiled the draft ‘Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016’.
Gandhi’s effort in unveiling a draft bill is one example of a global movement towards eliminating human trafficking. The United Kingdom increased their awareness recently by passing the UK Modern Day Slavery act, which stipulates all companies that exceed a £36 million income threshold, must report on their efforts to mitigate slavery from their supply chain.