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India okays historic law to jail human traffickers for life

Jordan’s King Abdullah II (center), holds hand with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind (left), and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his ceremonial reception at the presidential palace in New Delhi, India, on March 1. Jordan’s King is on a three day’s official visit to India. (AP)

CHENNAI, India, March 1, (Agencies): India’s cabinet approved a tough new law which could jail human traffickers for life on Wednesday, giving a boost to efforts to crack down on the fast-growing crime.

The Trafficking of Persons Bill, which will go to parliament for approval after it reconvenes in March, aims to prioritise survivors’ needs and prevent  victims s , such as women and girls found in brothel raids, from being jailed.

“It’s a victory of the 1.2 million people who participated in 11,000 km long Bharat Yatra (India March) for this demand,” Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said in a statement, referring to a month-long march he organised last year.

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