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More than 8,000 Nepalis trafficked yearly: NHRC

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KATHMANDU — Over 8,000 Nepali natives are being subjected to human trafficking each year, a national report claimed.

And, around 16,500 Nepali citizens, mostly unmarried women and children, were trafficked in the previous two years, according to a national report released by the National Human Rights Commission on Monday.

The report distributed by the NHRC said the numbers of trafficking victims in each of past two fiscal years (2013/14 and 2014/15) lie between 8,000 and 8,500.

Similarly, a total of 9,000 to 9,500 persons were subjected to attempt trafficking in each of the years, the Commission said.

The report has additionally claimed an increase in vulnerability of trafficking especially of women and children, at least by 20 percent after the April earthquake.

The report, which is based on primary and secondary data, has incorporated the figures of only three months after the quake. Nepal Police has record of total 1,233 women and children missing in three months of the earthquake.

The NHRC in its study has reasoned that larger parts of victims are recruited by giving false promises. Of the survivors, a whopping 85 percent had never been to school, few of them literates.

“Police rescued 161 children from different border points between Nepal and India in the same period,” read the report.

“It is reported that traffickers work in a group. In majority of the cases, the traffickers crossed the border with the victims during the daytime. Trafficking route is reported to be the main official border points between Nepal-India and Nepal-Tibet.”

The report was prepared using both primary and secondary data, according to the Commission spokesperson, Mohna Ansari.

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Far-West Province has high potential: Minister Bhatta

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BAITADI— Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment of Far-West Province Maya Bhatta has said that Far-West Province has high potentials for development.

At an orientation programme for journalists in Baitadi on Saturday, Bhatta said that the Far-West Province has high chance for religious tourism.

On the occasion, Province Minister Bhatta feted Far-West Provincial Chairman of National Association of Tourism Journalists (NATOJ) Amar Raj Bhattarai and newly-elected Chairman of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Baitadi chapter Mahesh Prasad Awasthi.

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