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Trafficking in Persons Report: India increased efforts, but response 'inadequate' compared to scale of problem
India

Trafficking in Persons Report: India increased efforts, but response 'inadequate' compared to scale of problem

While retaining India in the Tier 2 category, the report said that the government has demonstrated "overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period, considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its anti-trafficking capacity"

What a century-old sex trafficking case in New Zealand reveals about modern exploitation and justice
World

What a century-old sex trafficking case in New Zealand reveals about modern exploitation and justice

We’ve all read stories of women who were coerced and abused in the sex industry. They pepper our newspapers, televisions and films – and Lydia Harvey’s story is no different. She was abused, confined against her will and never saw a penny of the money she earned selling sex.

In Mexico, hunger and unemployment force many former sex workers back into trade amid COVID-19 pandemic
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In Mexico, hunger and unemployment force many former sex workers back into trade amid COVID-19 pandemic

Conditions that have always been tough for the women who ply the trade in Mexico City — violence by clients and gangs who prey on prostitutes and shakedowns by corrupt police — got even worse during the pandemic.

Tamil Nadu proposes stringent punishment for dowry deaths, stalking and human trafficking
India

Tamil Nadu proposes stringent punishment for dowry deaths, stalking and human trafficking

As per the proposal, minimum punishment for dowry deaths will be 10 years, while maximum punishment for stalking will be 7 years (on subsequent conviction)

Delhi court gives sex racketeer Sonu Punjaban 24-yr jail for forcing minor into prostitution, says 'deserves no leniency'
India

Delhi court gives sex racketeer Sonu Punjaban 24-yr jail for forcing minor into prostitution, says 'deserves no leniency'

While Punjaban was punished for immoral trafficking, another accused, Sandeep Bedwal, was sentenced to 20 years for abducting and raping a minor.

Survivors of sex-trafficking in Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata show how women sold off as slaves are helping others caught in same web
India

Survivors of sex-trafficking in Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata show how women sold off as slaves are helping others caught in same web

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, 19,223 women and children were trafficked in 2016 alone

Underage girls for sale in Hyderabad: First as a bride, then a sex slave as part of 'contract marriage' racket in city
India

Underage girls for sale in Hyderabad: First as a bride, then a sex slave as part of 'contract marriage' racket in city

A contract marriage is a prevalent practice in the city involving agents and Gulf nationals, who arrive in India on a visitor visa

In the Company of Women
India

In the Company of Women

As imperial Britain’s cantonments swelled with men raised from across the country, with artillery, with Baker and Brunsfield rifles, they swelled, too, with an army of prostitutes

SC allows dance bars in Maharashtra: Govt's attempts to shut down dance bars show its specious morality, distorted priorities
India

SC allows dance bars in Maharashtra: Govt's attempts to shut down dance bars show its specious morality, distorted priorities

The Supreme Court has struck down the attempts of the state government of Maharashtra to shut down dance bars.

New anti-trafficking bill awaits Rajya Sabha nod; activists laud focus on rehabilitation, preventive measures
India

New anti-trafficking bill awaits Rajya Sabha nod; activists laud focus on rehabilitation, preventive measures

Over 12,000 survivors of human trafficking have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the passing of the new anti-trafficking bill — Persons in Trafficking Bill (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill — by the Rajya Sabha in the Winter Session of the Parliament

India's anti-trafficking bill could be made stronger by looking to local systems that help prevent forced prostitution
India

India's anti-trafficking bill could be made stronger by looking to local systems that help prevent forced prostitution

Sex workers can be government partners in the fight against human trafficking — but only if they are not its targets.

Winds of change blow in Uttar Pradesh's Nat Purwa village where prostitution is tradition, source of income for families
India

Winds of change blow in Uttar Pradesh's Nat Purwa village where prostitution is tradition, source of income for families

With a population of around 5,000, located 72 km from Lucknow, Nat Purwa in Uttar Pradesh has a long history of prostitution. it is a hereditary occupation, passed down for generations.

TV actress Sangeetha, known for her role in Tamil show Vani Rani, accused of prostitution
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TV actress Sangeetha, known for her role in Tamil show Vani Rani, accused of prostitution

Sangeetha was reportedly found involved in prostitution, at a private resort at Panayur in Chennai.

Prostitution goes hi-tech in Kerala: Study finds transactions being carried out through smartphone apps
India

Prostitution goes hi-tech in Kerala: Study finds transactions being carried out through smartphone apps

Prostitution in Kerala has turned hi-tech with business transactions being carried out via smartphones and apps, according to a new study.

Oxfam deputy head Penny Lawrence resigns after Haiti sex scandal, says she is ashamed, 'takes full responsibility'
World

Oxfam deputy head Penny Lawrence resigns after Haiti sex scandal, says she is ashamed, 'takes full responsibility'

The deputy chief executive of Oxfam Penny Lawrence resigned over the British charity's handling of a prostitution scandal in Haiti involving its staff members and allegations of similar behaviour in Chad

'Muktir Alo' aimed to economically liberate the women of Sonagachi. Did it succeed?
Life

'Muktir Alo' aimed to economically liberate the women of Sonagachi. Did it succeed?

Muktir Alo — launched with great optimism in 2016 — was supposed to provide the women of Sonagachi, Asia's largest red-light district, an alternative career in the film/TV industry. Nearly two years later, what has it achieved?

Rohingya camps becoming target for traffickers, young girls being enticed with promises of job, marriage: aid agencies
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Rohingya camps becoming target for traffickers, young girls being enticed with promises of job, marriage: aid agencies

Rohingya refugees are willing to take whatever comes their way — and many have fallen prey to traffickers, according to the aid agencies.

Gurugram society shames female tenants for inviting men, accuses them of 'supporting prostitution'
India

Gurugram society shames female tenants for inviting men, accuses them of 'supporting prostitution'

Women tenants were publicly shamed by the society members of Essel Towers in Gurugram for having male guests over in their flats, citing a rule that disallowed unmarried tenants from inviting people to their flats of the opposite sex.

Assam floods aftermath: Relief camps turn hunting ground for human traffickers as populace chases false ray of hope
India

Assam floods aftermath: Relief camps turn hunting ground for human traffickers as populace chases false ray of hope

While the administration is making efforts on the ground level to curb trafficking, it has a long way to go, given how deeply Assam is in the grip of the syndicate for whom women and children are merely resources to be procured and sold off.

Gujarat High Court ruling opens doors to legal changes, recognise rights of voluntary sex workers
India

Gujarat High Court ruling opens doors to legal changes, recognise rights of voluntary sex workers

The Gujarat High Court in its latest judgment provided a caveat that in cases where sex work is voluntary Section 370 of the Indian Penal Code would not apply, thus opening the doors to make more sustainable changes in the legal arena for sex workers