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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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Nepal ranked 122nd among 180 countries in 2017 corruption perceptions index

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has moved nine position up to rank 122nd in an annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt published by graft watchdog Transparency International.

The country attained a score of 31 in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. Nepal was ranked 131th in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2016.

Countries that took the top positions in the latest index, which ranked 180 countries, include New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

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South African country Somalia ,with 9 score, is the most corrupted countries among 180 countries.

Among South Asian countries, Bhutan is the least corrupt countries where as Afghanistan is the most corrupt countries. India ranked in 85 , Bhutan ranked in 29th, Sri Lanka in 97,Maldives 118th, Pakistan in 123 and Bangladesh ranked in 146 position.

TI, in its index, measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2017 index is based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.

Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

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