Indian Sex Workers Are Victims, Not Criminals

xxx-worker.jpgA magistrate court in Coimbatore has asked the city police not to arrest commercial sex workers under the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act and send them to jail as they were only ‘‘victims’’ and should not be treated as ‘‘accused.’’

Two women in their 20s from Karnataka were arrested under Section 8 (B) of the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act by the all-women police in central Coimbatore on January 12, allegedly for soliciting clients on streets.

When their bail application came up before the judicial magistrate court-1 on Friday, L C Sathiamoorthy, magistrate, ordered their immediate release, calling them “debt-bonded and hapless” victims.

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