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This is a report that was developed by Secretary of State for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (SEIGIS) on the implementation of the 2016 Concluding Observations of the CEDAW committee. The publication was developed based on the 2016 annual reports submitted by line Ministries to the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit under the Office of Prime Minister.
The handbook reflects actual needs as per the law enforcement agencies to prevent trafficking of women and children, and rehabilitate them. Trafficking does not mean prostitution. They are not synonymous. In understanding trafficking, one should delink it from prostitution. As per the existing law, Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956 (ITPA) prostitution becomes an offence when there is commercial exploitation of a person. If a woman or child is sexually exploited and any person gains out of the same, it amounts to commercial sexual exploitation (CSE), which is a legally punishable offence wherein the culpability lies against all