Prevention of Human Trafficking in Nepal

by Himalayan Human Rights Monitors (HIMRIGHTS)
Prevention of Human Trafficking in Nepal
Prevention of Human Trafficking in Nepal
Prevention of Human Trafficking in Nepal
Prevention of Human Trafficking in Nepal
Prevention of Human Trafficking in Nepal
Prevention of Human Trafficking in Nepal
Apr 11, 2022

Criminalization & Awareness of Human Trafficking

Laxmi
Laxmi

Fourteen-year-old girl, Laxmi (name changed) got almost got trafficked. Her mother left her when she was a year old for another man. Her father remarried. Her step-mother had not treated her well. They were originally from Sidhupalchowk but moved to Hetauda, Makwanpur district only six months back. She used to work in a restaurant as waitress and cook’s assistant. She was not too efficient, thus, got screamed at all the time. An acquaintance, Bijaya Paswan asked her if she would like to go to India to dance in weddings where she will get Rs 10,000 (about USD 95) per month. She will have to dance in weddings once in a while only, mostly she can just stay without having to do any other work. Earlier he and his father had tried to convince Laxmi’s father to send her to dance in India. The father had agreed to send her for the job. Bijaya’s friend, Rajedra Mahato, an Indian national had come to his place. He said that he would get her to cross the Nepal/India border but instead of crossing through Birgunj he said they will have to go through Narangadh and Thori (many human traffickers use this porous border with no formal crossing). However, as soon as the step mother heard of this she started to rant and rave that this is illegal way of crossing and she might get trafficked. A neighbor, who is a community policewoman heard of this, invited HIMRIGHTS, and other two organizations who work against human trafficking to consult on this case. Thus, we three organizations and the girl, jointly filed case against these three men, Bijaya Paswan—his father and Rajendra Mahato at the Makwanpur District Police Station, Dec 6, 2021. Currently the three are in prison. The girl is curreuntly in the Maiti Nepal shelter. We taken the permission for the photo of Laxmi from her and her parents.

All three organizations have been following up the case and the court hearings. Recently the court has already have come to conclusion of one and half year imprisonment. Usually, it takes much longer for final verdict; with our constant follow up had effective result. We have supported the girl financially, clothes, attended all the court during hearings, had followed up with the investigation too. It was great to see justice being upheld for Laxmi. In many cases the traffickers get scot free with bribing the justice system. Our joint effort was successful.

Laxmi is living in a shelter, getting counselling for positive self-image and confidence; will join school in next academic year, starting from May, 2022.

We have conducted many workshops at community and wider levels to raise awareness on the prevalence of human trafficking and the urgent need to stop it. Every year we maximize International Women’s Day to highlight and focus against human trafficking. Similarly, during the last International Women’s Day, March 8, 2022 we focused on the need to stop human trafficking, violence against women, child labor, unsafe migrations with banners and placards. This was jointly organized by the network of NGOS, working against human trafficking in Makwanpur. We, HIMRIGHTS, created in 2001 along with all the NGOs working against human trafficking and have continued to work on this issue and other rights violation especially against girls, children, and women. Whenever there is any incident of human trafficking or human rights violation we take the initiation for justice. Nepal Police have continuously been part of these rallies, which greatly helps us with our cause and justice.

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