The Association of World Citizens welcome the decision on 5 April 2018 of the Indian Union Cabinet to agree to the long-awaited bill “Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) to prevent trafficking humans for the purpose of begging, marriage, prostitution or labor. The bill will become law when passed by both houses of Parliament, though the bill can still be weakened by amendments in Parliament.
There are clauses to address the victims’ physical and mental trauma and rehabilitation through education, training and health care. Thousands of women and children are trafficked within India as well as from neighboring Nepal and Bangladesh. West Bengal which shares a porous border with Bangladesh is known as a human trafficking hub.