NEW DELHI: In a move which will help in the rehabilitation of trafficking victims, the central government has issued a guideline saying victims rescued from a placement agency, massage parlour or brothels will now be eligible to get compensation under the Bonded Labour Act.
In Delhi, where over 2,000 placement agencies are operational and almost every day a minor is rescued, the move will benefit the victims who are trafficked from small villages to Delhi.
Since the guideline is prepared and soon rules will be framed, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has demanded the provision of timebound trial and disbursal of compensation within 30 days.
It was announced that as per the new Rehabilitation of Bonded Labourer Scheme, financial assistance for persons freed from bonded labour has been increased 15 times, from Rs 20,000 to Rs 3 lakh in case of children rescued from trafficking and sexual exploitation.
“While the government has taken great strides in building policy framework against trafficking, huge gaps continue to exist with respect to prevention, protection of trafficking, effective rehabilitation of victims and conviction of offenders.
“The key lies in recognising that these crimes are not disparate offences but are different forms of slavery. Convergence of efforts at the central, state and district levels among various agencies for rehabilitation is essential for elimination of child trafficking,” said Satyarthi.
Police often deal with cases of trafficking where victims are rescued from brothel or placement agency under sections of IPC and added section of Bonded Labour Act will help in stricter punishment and better compensation.
“We have to enforce the existing laws. There should be trained and sensitised personnel to deal with cases of trafficking. We have also demanded for summary trial, which means within 30 days, the court proceedings should end and the victim must get the compensation within that period,” added Satyarthi, while speaking at a National Consultation on Eradication of Bonded Labour and Trafficking by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).
Satyarthi also demanded that the states adopt the Bonded Labourers Scheme and the Juvenile Justice rules as soon as the central model rules are notified.