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The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956

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The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 is an Act which provides in pursuance of the International Convention signed at New York on the 9th day of May, 1950, for the prevention of immoral traffic. The Act intends to combat trafficking and sexual exploitation for commercial purposes. While prostitution is not an offence, practicing it in a brothel or within 200 m of any public place is illegal.

The following Act leads to the codification of an Act that laws down rules and regulations regarding the sensitive issue of prostitution. It protects women and children from forceful flesh trade. This leads to reduction of objectification of women and children. Through this Act, children can be further protected and offenders who force children can be punished for the same.

The Act regularized prostitution and provides assistance to all women and children who have been forced into the same. The provisions of the Act clearly state that it is an offence to force any child for flesh trade or trafficking of a child for various other purposes.

The State Government may in its discretion establish as many protective homes and corrective institutions under this Act as it thinks fit and such homes and institutions, when established, shall be maintained in such manner as may be prescribed.

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