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More than 6,000 trafficked in previous year

Graphic: Mohna Ansari speaks at the launch of the Commission's report

The Commission's report into trafficking in persons during 2015-16 has revealed some disturbing new trends.

More than 6,000 Nepalis were trafficked and almost 4,000 went missing in 2015-16, most of them women, according to the latest report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Trafficking in Persons 2015-16 is a compilation of data from Nepal Police and government and NGO sources, the Kathmandu Post reported.

According to the report, 60 percent of the 6,100 persons trafficked into different countries in 2015-16 were women. Women also accounted for 70 percent of the 3,900 persons who went missing.

The report notes that destination countries for trafficked persons were changing from India and Gulf countries to China, South Korea and Afghanistan.

"The cases of trafficking in the name of marriage and 'orchestra dancers' is increasing in new destinations like China and South Korea," Mohna Ansari, a member of the NHRC, told the media.

Fake foreign marriages, assurances of the good employment and use of fake travel documents are among the new modus operandi of human traffickers. The report says trafficking of children for organ transplantation is also increasing.

There were 1,502 children among the total number of persons missing in 2015-16.

Poverty, desire to go abroad and have a good life and better employment opportunities fuel human trafficking, according to the report.

While individual "agents" have long been involved in luring unsuspecting people, particularly women and children, into jobs and better life, recruiting agencies, education consultancies, marriage bureaus and cultural groups are also working as traffickers, the report says.

One of the major problemsin fighting trafficking, according to stakeholders, is that only a few cases are registered with police.

A little over 200 cases were registered with police in the last fiscal year, according to the report. The number of victims the same year, however, stood at 352.

"Only a few cases are registered with police, and the number of convictions is even fewer," said NHRC Chairperson Anup Raj Sharma, pointing to poor investigation.

Though the number of people trafficked in the fiscal year has decreased from that in 2014-15 by 2,000, cases of attempt to trafficking were higher. The number of attempt to trafficking increased to 13,200 in 2015-16 from 7,500 in 2014-15, according to the NHRC report.

Date: 5 July 2017

Source: Kathmandu Post

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  1. Mohna Ansari speaks at the launch of the Commission's report - National Human Rights Commission of Nepal