19 women saved from trafficking


Feb 26, 2019-

Nineteen Nepali women who were being trafficked to India were rescued from the Nepalgunj border over the last weekend.

According to Sub Inspector of Police Basant Basnet, the women were stopped at the Jamaunaha border as they were travelling on a bus from Nepalgunj to Delhi. Ten women were rescued on Friday night while the remaining nine were rescued on Saturday.

The rescue was conducted by the police in collaboration with Maiti Nepal and Tiny Hand Nepal. Such interventions are part of the routine procedures carried out by these organistions: their personnel usually intervene when they come across travelers whose behaviour during traffic checks show red flags.

Some women said they were being taken to the Gulf countries for employment. Following the rescue, they were taken to Maiti Nepal’s Nepalgunj-based offices for counseling. Maiti Nepal’s Nepalgunj coordinator Keshab

Raj Koirala said efforts are being made to reunite the rescued women with their families.

Three buses travel to Delhi via the Nepalgunj border every day. According to Sub Inspector Basnet, a large number of women are found travelling in these buses under dubious conditions, prompting the security and anti-human trafficking organisations to increase surveillance in the area.

Maiti Nepal rescued 920 girls and women from the Jamunaha border in 2018.

Published: 26-02-2019 10:39

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