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An Update on India’s Criminal Law Amendment

Anti-trafficking advocates often push for definitions of sexual exploitation to include  sex work.  In a victory for sex work advocates, the amended section 370 of the Indian Penal Code recognizes the difference between sexual exploitation and sex work.

Sex workers and women’s rights activists across India have welcomed the Government’s move to drop the word “prostitution” as exploitation from the amended Section 370 of the Indian Penal Code. The new formulation targets sexual exploitation and not adult consensual sex work.

To read the article in The Hindu click here.

The treatment of sex work as necessarily sexually exploitative can have a negative impact on public health programs for sex workers in India.  

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