Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018

  • The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Women and Child Development.
  • It provides for the establishment of a National Anti-Trafficking Bureau to investigate trafficking cases. The Bureau will comprise of police officers, and any other officers as required.  It may take over the investigation of any offence under the Bill, that has been referred to it by two or more states.
  • It also provides for the setting up of Anti-Trafficking Units (ATUs) at the district level which will deal with the investigation, prevention, rescue, and protection of victims and witnesses.
  • A rehabilitation fund with an initial corpus of 10 crore rupees will be created for the first time which will be used for the physical, psychological and social well being of the victims and also there will be designated courts in each district for speedy trial of the cases.
  • The Bill provides for the establishment of Anti-Trafficking Relief and Rehabilitation Committees (ATCs) at the national, state, and district levels.


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