Human Trafficking: From a criminal justice to a social justice approach

5:30–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


This talk by Borislav Gerasimov will discuss that in order to prevent trafficking, India’s anti-trafficking legislation must be formulated in consultation with various groups of workers, especially those in the unorganised sector, including but not exclusively, sex workers. And anti-trafficking initiatives must address the root causes and be grounded in an understanding of trafficking as a social justice issue lying at the intersections of gender, migration, labour, and development. Unlike many other countries, India has not yet created specific anti-trafficking legislation. Anti-trafficking initiatives, both by state and non-state actors, have seen a steady increase in India over the last two decades, as in other parts of the world. So we see in India a stronger accent on the crime of trafficking and measures to control it. Efforts to ‘rescue’ and ‘rehabilitate’ victims have become more aggressive without paying any heed to human rights violations that routinely occur in the process of providing such ‘assistance’. As the ITPA recognises only trafficking into the sex sector, sex workers bear the brunt of the excesses of the anti-trafficking industry.

About Borislav Gerasimov

Borislav Gerasimov is Communications and Advocacy Officer at the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women and the Editor of the Anti-Trafficking Review – the first open access, peer reviewed journal devoted to the issue of human trafficking. He holds a degree in English Philology from Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria and has previously worked at Animus Association, Bulgaria and La Strada International, the Netherlands. He has also been involved in the work of NGOs supporting Roma youth, LGBTI people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and sex workers in Bulgaria and the Netherlands.

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