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26 Nepalis migrants detained in Costa Rica

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KATHMANDU —  Some 26 Nepali natives, apparently heading towards the United States of America with the help of “human traffickers” were detained from Central Pacific town of Jacó in Costa Rica.

According to The Tico Times, the Costa Rican authorities held 51 undocumented migrants including 26 from Nepal, 9 from Bangladesh, 4 from Eritrea, 9 from Somalia, 2 from Iraq and 1 from Pakistan on Wednesday when they were being transported on a truck.

A Costa Rican man was driving the vehicle accompanied by three different Ticos. They were also arrested.

The undocumented migrants were taken to a regional office of the Immigration Administration while the four Ticos were introduced before the Prosecutor’s Office on charges of human trafficking, Garabito police boss Oswaldo Rodríguez said.

If convicted, the men could serve sentences ranging from two to six years in prison under Article 249 of the Immigration Law.

Earlier, Guatemalan police had arrested 20 migrants including 11 Nepalis and 33 migrants including 11 Nepalis in August and December respectively for illegally entering the country apparently on their way to the United States of America.

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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.

During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.

A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.

On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.

Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.

Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.

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