Monday, February 19, 2007

Changes for sex workers in Delhi

It looks like things will change for sex workers in Delhi, as the general view is that most sex workers are victims of circumstance.

They are thinking of revising the laws to fine and imprison clients.

I wait to see if it will go through. I wonder whether this has been set in motion, because the police picked up a senior government official's daughter.

The government is planning to revise anti-prostitution laws drastically to provide for the imprisonment and fine for anyone caught with prostitutes and to drop provisions, which make soliciting a crime. The existing law provides for action only against prostitutes. The amendment, proposed by the department of women and child and awaiting cabinet clearance, provides for three-month imprisonment and a fine of Rs 20,000 for the patrons. The department has also proposed to do away with Sections 8 and 20 of the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA), which makes soliciting a punishable offence. The proposed change is being justified on the grounds that most sex workers are victims of circumstances. The perception that most engage in prostitution due to compulsions has also led the department to drop Section 20 of ITPA, which provides for the eviction of prostitutes. The punishment for traffickers, however, is proposed to be made stringent. Those convicted will face imprisonment upto 10 years and fined Rs 1 lakh. As in the case of the Money Laundering Act, the proposed law seeks to confiscate all the property of those guilty of trafficking. The existing law provides for confiscation of property above Rs 3 lakh. To control large scale human trafficking in the country, the new proposal talks about setting up a central nodal agency like a Central Narcotics Bureau.

Quotes from Vivek social research.


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If they picked up a senior government oficial's daughter, then it blows the 'victim's of circumstance' theory clean out of the water...LOL

She probably earns more money !
The article does not present the information in a very logical sequence.

Having announced an upsurge in well off young women doing it for fun, they predict changes in the law based on the notion that women prostitutes are victims.

Seems like they have merged two different stories

Thank you for your comments. You are right,lol.

James B,

Thank you for your comments. I wonder whether she is presenting,the change in the types of women who are working.
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