Target: Maneka Gandhi, Women and Children Development Minister of India
Goal: Express support for new anti-trafficking laws that will provide more support for victims of trafficking.
A proposed law in India would close loopholes in the country’s current anti-trafficking laws while offering governmental support to victims of the crime. Sign the petition and offer your support of the bill.
Human trafficking is India’s third-largest organized crime, and for years victims have often found themselves facing criminal charges stemming from traumas they never asked for or wanted. The new law, which was recently made available for public feedback by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, would cover victims of not only sex trafficking, but other forms of human enslavement. It would also provide survivors with rehabilitation resources, implement special courts to minimize the trauma victims experience, and prevent victims’ or witnesses’ names from being published or becoming public information.
In a more preventative measure, anti-trafficking committees would be formed at the district, state, and central level. The bill would also allocate funds for addressing the issue of trafficking and better serving victims.
This bill is incredibly important both for preventing trafficking and helping those who have been harmed by it. Sign the petition and express your support for a bill that would make a positive impact on so many lives.
Dear Minister Gandhi,
I am writing to express my support for the Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill. In addition to its attempts to prevent trafficking in the first place, the bill will provide much-needed resources and protection for those who have been victimized by or been witness to human trafficking. I urge you to do all in your power to promote the bill and ensure that it becomes law.
Under India’s current laws, victims of human trafficking can often find themselves charged with crimes alongside their captors–all in conjunction with a life they did not choose and do not want. The proposed law would offer protection to individuals who have already suffered great trauma, and would offer them the rehabilitation resources to reclaim their lives and move past their traumatic experiences.
The law also aims to extend protections and resources to victims of non-sexual human trafficking as well, a heretofore overlooked group in terms of anti-trafficking laws.
The bill would provide new hope and new opportunities for so many people who have suffered so much. I fully support its passage and implore you to do everything you can to turn it into law.
[Your Name Here]
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