Sangeeta Richard, nanny of Khobragade had traveled to US on an official passport and her visa was granted on a note from the ministry of external affairs. Indian side also pointed out that the definition of trafficking under the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons¸ adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 and entered into force on 25 December 2003.
In New Delhi’s opinion, there are no grounds whatsoever to support US claims that Richard is a victim of human trafficking.
India side cites that the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as "the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability…"
In Richard’s case, she travelled to the US on an official passport under an employment contract "signed by her voluntarily".
US embassy in New Delhi didn’t respond to an email from HT seeking its views on the Indian charges.