Last year, a new anti-trafficking bill was drafted in India to check the steep rise of trafficking crimes – by raising the penalties of offenders, amalgamating several existing laws and offering proper rehabilitation facilities to the victims.
In India, strict laws exist against sex traffickers, sexual abusers, brothel managers and operating brothels, but the people who purchase sex, and gives fuel to the fire hardly face any criminal charges or are even prosecuted. They largely go scot free in the end. To bring a change in the existing law, the Andhra Pradesh government has appointed a panel of judiciary experts and campaigners to scrutinize the anti-trafficking laws that could be charged upon the end buyers of sex. For this, the GO has asked to file the recommendations within 60 days.
Sunitha Krishnan, who will be on the seven-member advisory group hinted to a part of the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act, which states, charges can be applied to a “person who carries on prostitution and the person with whom such prostitution is carried on”. Besides Krishnan, the panel, aka advisory group will consist of a woman IPS officer, a Nalsar professor, senior advocate M Bhaskara Lakshmi, member-nominee of the Chief Justice and special secretary of the women and child welfare department as convener.
“The buyers are the ones creating the demand,” Krishnan quoted. “Girls will continue to be sold until buyers are criminalized.”Also, the campaigners demanded police involvement, unless the anti-trafficking efforts are combined with the police force targeting the brothels, sexual slavery will find no end.