Police bust human trafficking racket

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Dec 19, 2016-

Police busted a foreign employment racket that had been trafficking Nepali women to various labour destinations in the Middle East where they were exposed to physical assault and domestic violence.

The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) arrested Raj Kumar Kharel, 35, of Nawalparasi; Puran Subba aka Purna Bahadur Limbu, 46, of Taplejung and Hari Prasad Tharu, 41, of Rupandehi for their alleged involvement in foreign employment fraud.

In his statement to the police, Tharu confessed to have trafficked six women in the last six months to various labour destinations using the Sri Lanka route. 

The CIB busted the racket acting on a tip-off by a 25-year-old woman who returned from Oman where she faced domestic violence and physical assault from her employer.

Police said the woman came in contact of Kharel who helped her prepare her passport. “She was then taken to Butwal from where Tharu took her to New Delhi,” said Superintendent of Police Mira Chaudhary. “From New Delhi the woman was flown to Sri Lanka. After she had stayed there for over 20 days, she was taken to Dubai.”

However, the woman was sent back from Dubai to Sri Lanka by the immigration for failing to produce enough documents. Upon her return to Sri Lanka, the woman again came in contact of the fraudsters who then sent her to Oman. 

She worked as a housemaid and was continually assaulted, said SP Chaudhary. She had shared her plight with her sister who lodged a complaint with the CIB.

Published: 19-12-2016 07:45

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