Andhra Pradesh is all set to become the first state to criminalise the sex-buyers giving justification that even though the country has got laws against human-trafficking, for as long as the clients won’t stop their demands, the problem of this social issue would not efface as the ones who are buying it are often left free and the ones forced to work over there are charged.

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The legal experts along with the campaigners are given 60 days to study the anti-trafficking laws and make recommendations. It is on the part of the responsibility of NGOs and Police Department to catch hold of those who purchase sex eventually decreasing the demands in the context of slavery of women and children.

Panel member Sunitha Krishnan pointed to a section of the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act, which says charges may be applied to a “person who carries on prostitution and the person with whom such prostitution is carried on”. Krishnan added on it and mentioned to Thomas Reuters Foundation “The buyers are the ones creating the demand.Girls will continue to be sold until buyers are criminalized.”

Along with her, the state government’s commissioner for women’s development and child welfare H Arun Kumar has to say “People who purchase sex go scot-free.”

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On a positive note, indeed this is a big and influential step towards social development and betterment and if this gets right, 16 million who are trafficked in this out of 20 million sex workers in total( according to the 2013 report)  will be saved and would be put to better jobs. It is morally their right to work where they want, though the situation of helplessness arises where the worker even unwillingly goes into it for the financial support.

This can be undone, even if it takes time.

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