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'Develop a comprehensive anti-trafficking law'

US recommends India to develop law to increase prosecutions & convictions on all forms of trafficking

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

has recommended to develop a comprehensive and increase and on all forms of trafficking, even as it noted that New Delhi is making significant efforts to comply with the minimum standards for its elimination.

For the second consecutive year, an official report yesterday has placed on Tier 2 list of countries, whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act's (TVPA), but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.

The report was released by the Secretary of State,

India, the report said, is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking. The forced labour of millions of its citizens constitutes India's largest trafficking problem.

Men, women, and children in debt bondage are forced to work in industries such as brick kilns, rice mills, agriculture, and embroidery factories, the report said.

A common characteristic of bonded labour is the use of physical and sexual violence as coercive tools.

90% of trafficking in is internal, and those from India's most disadvantaged social strata, including the lowest castes, are most vulnerable, it said.

First Published: Wed, June 20 2012. 10:07 IST