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SJ News: Rehabilitation For Middle-Aged Sex Workers, CSA Survivors Not Getting Justice

BP World Bureau | Nov 16 2020 01:07:29 PM
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Andhra Trafficking Survivors Seek Rehabilitation  Of Old Age Sex Workers

Leaders of Vimukti and ILFAT (Indian Leadership Forum Against Trafficking), have sought support from the state government to identify and rehabilitate the retired sex workers who are middle-aged. 

There are nearly 3,000 sex workers in Prakasam, Guntur and Krishna districts who are above 40 years of age who face various issues like health complications. 

There are 15,000 to 20,000 retired sex workers and collectives want alternative income sources and better access to government welfare schemes. to be given to them. 

Collective said in a letter to state Women Development and Child Welfare Department that more than 45% of the sex workers above 40 years of age do not have family members or support. 

Women also suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, high amounts of blood sugar, respiratory infections, sight problems and STDs. 

Leaders of Vimukti, a collective of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation in Andhra Pradesh, wrote that the pandemic left many of the sex workers untraceable. 

Delay In Trials Forces Survivors Of Child Abuse To Change Statements

The conviction rate under the POCSO Act in the state from 2013 to 2018 was just 18% with only 230 out of 1,255 accused being convicted. 

Advocate J Sandhya, who was also a former Child Rights Commission member, spoke about the low conviction rate by saying that due to prolonged trials and witness intimidations, survivors don't stick to their original statement. The system is re-victimising and re-traumatising them. 

Added to that, parents of abused kids are either threatened or given huge amounts of money to stay quiet. 

Social Media Or Online Traps For Women And Girls

Social media platforms are being used for trafficking girls and women by trapping them online. 

COVID-19 has worsened this particular situation. 

UN rights committee has called for a crackdown on the trafficking of women and girls in the digital age.

UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) expressed their concerns in their report. 

When it comes to online trafficking, the identity of the perpetrators is mostly hidden due to the channelling through social media, dark web, and messaging platforms.