Public Engagement & Advocacy

I have for the past few years written about anti-trafficking law and policy in the UK and India. I am founding co-editor of the Open Democracy blog Beyond Trafficking and Slavery. As editor, I have curated two BTS Short Courses on State and the Law and on Gender and an oral history documenting the processes leading up to the passage of the Modern Slavery Act, 2015. Find all the interviews here.

Modern Slavery Act 2015: an oral history. Curated by Prabha Kotiswaran

I have for the past few years been writing on Indian anti-trafficking law and policy. A federal level anti-trafficking bill has been in the works for several years now culminating in the introduction and passage of the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 in the Lower House (Lok Sabha) of the Indian Parliament in July 2018. It will likely come up before the Upper House (or Rajya Sabha) of Parliament in early 2019. Below are my articles critiquing the fundamental thrust of the Trafficking Bill.

Good Intentions Aren’t Enough, Indian Express December 22, 2018.

The Trauma of Rehabilitation, India Today August 3, 2018.

How India Can Go Forward on Tackling Human Trafficking, Hindustan Times July 23, 2018.

The criminal law as sledgehammer: the paternalist politics of India’s 2018 Trafficking Bill, Open Democracy, 2018.

Rethinking the 2018 Trafficking Bill, Edited Special Issue of Economic & Political Weekly Engage, July 2018.

What is Wrong with India’s Approach: Introduction, Economic and Political Weekly Engage, 2018.

How did we get here? Or a Short History of the 2018 Trafficking Bill, Economic and Political Weekly Engage, 2018.

Rethinking Trafficking, The Hindu, February 13, 2018.

Extended version published as: Neoabolitionism’s Last Laugh: India Must Rethink Trafficking, March 20, 2018.

India’s New Anti-Trafficking Bill is an Empty Gesture, The Wire, July 5, 2016.

Extended version published as: Empty Gestures: A Critique of India’s New Trafficking Bill, in Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, Open Democracy, June 22, 2016.

Excluding Forced Labour from Indian Anti-Trafficking Law: An Innocent Omission? LSE Blog, June 7, 2013.

A Battle Half-Won: India’s Trafficking Law, Op-ed for Economic & Political Weekly, April 27, 2013.

India has to Rethink Trafficking, India in Transition Series for online publication of the Centre for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, US, 2012.

Also published as an op-ed in the Business Line in 2012.

I have acted as adviser to the National Network of Sex Workers (before it split into the National Network of Sex Workers and the All-India Network of Sex Workers). I am also on the Advisory Board of the ILO-DFID Work in Freedom Program.

Work In Freedom Programme – ILO