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Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956

[Act No. 104 of 1956 dated 30th. December, 1956 ]l

Sections Particulars
1 Short title, extent and commencement
2 Definitions
2A Rule of construction regarding enactments not extending to Jammu and Kashmir
3 Punishment for keeping a brothel or allowing premises to be used as a brothel
4 Punishment for living on the earnings of prostitution
5 Procuring, inducing or taking 23[person] for the sake of prostitution
6 Detaining a person in premises where prostitution is carried on
7 Prostitution in or in the vicinity of public places
8 Seducing or soliciting for purpose of Prostitution
9 Seduction of a poison in custody
10 Release on probation of good conduct or after due admonition
10A Detention in a corrective institution
11 Notification of address of previously convicted offenders
12 Security for good behavior from habitual offenders
13 Special police officer and advisory body
14 Offences to be cognizable
15 Search without warrant
16 Rescue of person
17 Intermediate custody of persons removed under section 15 or rescued under section 16
17A Conditions to be observed before placing persons rescued under section 16 to parents or guardians
18 Closure of brothels and eviction of offenders from the premise
19 Application for being kept in a protective home or provided care and protection by court
20 Removal of prostitute from any place
21 Protective homes
21A Production of records
22 Trials
22A Power to establish Special Courts
22AA Power of Central Government to establish special courts
22B Power of court to try cases summarily
23 Power to make rules
24 Act not to be in derogation of certain other Acts
25 Repeal and savings
  The Schedule

An Act to provide in pursuance of the International Convention signed at New York on the 9th day of May, 1950, for [the prevention of immoral traffic].

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows:

Comment: It would, therefore, be meaningful if rehabilitation programmes are launched and implementation machinery is set not only to eradicate the fertile source of prostitution but also for successful rehabilitation of the fallen women who are the victims of circumstances to regain their lost respect to the dignity of person to sustain equality of status, economic and their social empowerment. Gaurav Jain, Petitioner v. Union of India AIR 1997 SUPREME COURT 3021

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