Sex Workers should not be arrested, treated as accused under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, Calcutta HC

Murali Krishnan August 10 2019
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In a significant order, the Calcutta High Court has directed that sex workers exploited for commercial sex should not be arrayed as accused for offences under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 until and unless cogent materials come on record that she was also involved as a co-conspirator in the crime.

Further, the Court also directed that Investigating officers who are involved in investigating offences under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 and/or other cognate offences under the Indian Penal Code shall not arrest any sex worker . . .

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