The Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill, 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.

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Submission made by NNSW on COVID relief through Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)

NHRC recognises and includes the recommendations of sex workers in its Advisory on COVID19

National Human Rights Commission recognises & includes the recommendations of sex workers in its Advisory on COVID19. In a very welcome classification, sex workers have been included under the category Women at Work! The most critical victory for sex workers is the recognition as informal workers and their registration - "Sex workers may be recognised as informal workers and be registered so that they are able to get worker benefits"

The submission was made by Nnsw India to a committee assessing the impact of the Covid-19 on the people's human rights in August 2020. Thanks to all members who made this possible with your submissions and support. Click on the link to read the Advisory on Rights of Women.

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VAMP submission, NHRC

On the occasion of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2020

Sex Workers from the National Network of Sex Workers have released a statement.

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COVID-19 Relief

Bengaluru: Transgender community faces a tough time during lockdown

Bengaluru: Transgender community faces a tough time during lockdown

BENGALURU: With lockdown restrictions in place and social distancing a must, members of the transgender community are finding their source livelihood severly hit.

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Initiatives - Leading from South

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NNSW National Conference 2019

Dance Of Democracy

Election Of national Network Of Sex Workers (NNSW)
Annual General Body Meeting and National Conference 2019

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Inter Movement Conversations On The Trafficking Bill 2018

Inter Movement Conversations On The Trafficking Bill 2018

Members of the National Network of Sex Workers undertook a 4 month long advocacy process to draw attention to the concerns of sex workers and other stakeholders on the Trafficking Bill 2018. Seven Consultations were held with over 200 stakeholders in Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Ranchi and Lucknow.

Over 4000 sex workers from seven states and 32 districts have submitted their signatures to call on the WCD Minister to explicitly exclude sex workers working of their own volition; from the ambit of the Trafficking Bill. In addition, 200 people have endorsed the collated critique. The Collated Critique has emerged from the responses and inputs from a group of activists, lawyers. The critique has been submitted to the Women and Child Minister.

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NNSW (INDIA) Condemns Murder of Gauri Lankesh

The National Network of Sex Workers, India, strongly condemns the killing of journalist and editor Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, Karnataka, on September 5, 2017.

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Steering Committee - NNSW

Steering Committee of the Secretariat of NNSW.

The Steering Committee: From Left (Eshwar, Nisha, Muktha and Rajesh)
Secretariat; KSWU, UKMO (Supported by Sangama)

Rubaru NNSW 2018


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How Anti-trafficking Strategies Increase Sex Workers’ Vulnerability to Exploitative Practices

Research Authors Aarthi Pai Laxmi Murthy Meena Saraswathi Seshu Rakesh Shukla Download E-Book Download E-Book (Marathi Version) Download E-Book (Hindi Version) Download E-Book (Kannada Version) Download E-Book (Malayalam Version) Download E-Book (Tamil Version) Download E-Book (Telugu Version)

About NNSW

The National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) is a national network of sex worker-led organisations and allies committed to promoting the Rights of Sex Workers in India.NNSW consists of 12 CBOs/ State Networks/ State Federations/ Collectives and 8 NGOs across seven state.With a strength 50,000 members, it is the only national network that brings together female, transgender and male sex workers with NGOs and sex work(er) rights activists.

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Towards an Inclusive Policy

Ayesha Rai, VAMP member and National Coordinator of the National Network of Sex Workers speaks about her experiences of being in sex work and why she considers it work, September 2019

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Questionnaire- Violence and Harassment at Work

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is seeking to develop an international instrument on violence and harassment in the world of work...

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Rubaru - Jan Andolan aur NNSW

"Rubaru" Jan andolan aur NNSW, 9-11 October 2017, Vishwa Yuva Kendra Delhi

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Recent Initiatives

In January 2017, Sex workers from NNSW and women’s rights activists oppose the conference, “Last Girl’s First” organised by Coalition Against Prostitution and Apne Aap International in Delhi. Over 2000 sex workers signed onto a statement opposing the continued conflation of trafficking and sex work and the complete absence of sex consenting workers from such conference spaces. Women’s groups across the country also developed an independent statement that was submitted to the conference participants.

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News & Press Release

Yes, sexual exploitation and slavery exist. But they are not the same as sex work

In her recent piece, Sex work or slavery?: Why human rights discourse is no longer a tool for liberation, Nandita Haksar bases her entire argument on the faulty premise that “almost all women who have been in prostitution call it slavery”.

Women’s rights, human rights activists and sex workers call for decriminalisation of sex work

Women’s rights and human rights activists expressed solidarity with sex work networks in their call to stop all criminalisation of consensual sex work. Proposed amendments to the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (ITPA) seek to criminalize clients and customers, rehabilitate ‘prostitutes’ engaged in sex work by sending them to protective and rehabilitation homes.

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