July 15, 2021

A Coalition of lawyers, human rights, women’ rights, child rights and labour rights activists voiced their strong protest over the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care, and Rehabilitation) Bill 2021 slated to be introduced in the upcoming session of the Parliament. While the Bill sets out to “prevent and counter trafficking in persons, especially women and children, to provide for care, protection, and rehabilitation to the victims, while respecting their rights, and creating a supportive legal, economic and social environment for them,” over-broad definitions, a draconian investigation process and penal provisions defeat the very purpose of the Bill…

We are organisations based in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand, Kerala and Gujarat working for the past 30 years to end human trafficking. Today, we write this letter on a matter of grave concern about the lives and livelihoods of residents of the Ganga Jamuna area in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

On 11 August 2021, around midday, barricades came up in the Ganga-Jamuna area of Nagpur city, immediately affecting the lives and livelihoods of about 1,200–1,500 sex workers residing and working there. No announcement was made, nor was there any hint that such a dire restriction of mobility…

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नागपुर के गंगा जमुना क्षेत्र में धारा 144 लागू करने के विरूद्ध आपत्ति।

हम आपको गंगा जमुना क्षेत्र के निवासियों के जीवन और आजीविका के बारे में गंभीर चिंता के विषय पर लिखते हैं।

11 अगस्त 2021 को दोपहर के करीब नागपुर शहर के गंगा-जमुना इलाके में बैरिकेड्स लग गए, जिससे वहां रहने और काम करने वाली करीब 1,200–1,500 यौनकर्मियों का जीवन और आजीविका तुरंत प्रभावित हो गई। कोई घोषणा नहीं की गई। इस बात का कोई संकेत नहीं था कि गतिशीलता का इतना गंभीर प्रतिबंध लागू किया जाएगा।

13 अगस्त…

On 11 August 2021, around midday, barricades came up in the Ganga-Jamuna area of Nagpur city, immediately affecting the lives and livelihoods of about 1,200–1,500 sex workers residing and working there. No announcement was made, nor was there any hint that such a dire restriction of mobility was intended. On 13 August, a police order dated 12 August issued by the Lakadganj Police Station, was pasted in the locality, invoking Section 144 Cr Pc prohibiting the assembly of four or more persons, from 11 August to 9 September 2021. There is no valid reason for invoking the powers based on…

दृष्टिकोण के लिए संघिमेल (गठबंधन) द्वारा एकत्रित टिप्पणियां

नेशनल नेटवर्क ऑफ सेक्स वर्कर्स (NNSW) यह एक लाख से अधिक महिला, ट्रांस और पुरुष सेक्स वर्कर्स का अखिल भारतीय नेटवर्क है। एनएनएसडब्ल्यू श्रीमती स्मृति ईरानी, मंत्री, महिला एवं बाल विभाग, भारत सरकारसे, “व्यक्तियों की तस्करी (रोकथाम, देखभाल और पुनर्वास) विधेयक, 2021 के हानिकारक प्रावधानों को वापस लेने के लिए मुलाकात की।

हम नीचे विस्तृत कारण प्रदान करते हैं कि कैसे ये प्रस्तावित विधेयक के प्रावधान व्यापक हैं, तस्करी को रोकने के घोषित उद्देश्य से कोई संबंध नहीं है और यौनकर्मियों, उनके ग्राहकों और उनकी सहायता करने वाले तीसरे पक्ष के खिलाफ…

Comments provided by members of the National Network of Sex Workers on The Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021

NNSW held community consultations on the bill in July 2021

The National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) is a pan-India network of over 1.5 lakh female, trans and male sex workers. NNSW calls on Smt. Smriti Irani, Minister, Department of Women and Child, Government of India to withdraw harmful provisions of “The Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021.

We provide detailed reasons below on how provisions of the proposed Bill are over broad, with no relation to the stated objective of preventing trafficking and have tremendous scope for misuse against sex workers, their clients and third parties assisting them.


Sex work is defined as an adult…

A meeting being held by sex workers- discussing issues, and support for sex workers during COVID 19

This note is in response to the recent article titled ‘Sex workers seek separate vaccine drive at APSACS clinic’ that was published in 3 Telugu papers and 2 English papers through United News of India in Vijayawada on the 5th of May 2021. At the onset, the article seems ‘supportive’ of the fact that sex workers must be given priority for vaccinations.

What it fails to do though, is humanise the sex worker. COVID 19, as we all know, does not discriminate. Informal workers of all kinds on the front line need the vaccination sooner than most of us who…

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“During the lockdown, and even now, clients are not willing to come to us. We know it is not safe for us also.” Bindhu, Pathanamthitta

Sex workers were in trouble when the COVID19 lockdown was announced in Kerala in March. Now, even four months on, the situation has not become normal.“There are restrictions of social distancing, travel restrictions as well as working restrictions. This has impacted our life. Our work has come to a complete standstill,” say sex workers.

“Clients are not coming to us and we also have a fear of being affected by Covid19. As a network, it…

Today, on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons observed by the United Nations, the National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) affirms its commitment to end the heinous crime of trafficking in persons. We state that organised collectives of sex workers are the most effective first responders at the community level, to prevent, identity and redress trafficking in
women and children into sex work. Strategies, where sex workers have been made stakeholders in the task of combatting trafficking, have been found to be more effective than a mere law and order approach.

Legal remedies to eliminate trafficking in persons have…

Dear BBC World Service

We from http://nnswindia.org/were aghast to listen to the podcast aired on 10 January 2020 titled “The biggest brothel in Asia’ as part of My Indian Life hosted by Kalki Koechlin and produced by Ishleen Kaur.

An unaware listener could be forgiven for not realizing that Sonagachi, described breathlessly as a “weird”, “scary”, “dangerous” place in Kolkata”, is a vibrant community of children, women, men and trans persons who live and work amidst thriving businesses and innovative experiments in livelihoods, banking and public health, among many others.

For a podcast aired on the reputed platform of the…

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We’re a national network of sex worker-led organisations and allies committed to promoting the rights of sex workers in India.

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