SINDHUPALCHOWK: In an unprecedented verdict, the Sidhupalchowk District Court on Wednesday imposed a jail sentence of 170 years on a man who smuggled six teenage girls to the Indian city of Agra and sold them there in brothels.
Convicting him of human trafficking, Judge Ananta Raj Dumre of the Court issued the verdict against 37-year-old Bajir Singh Tamang of Shikharpur VDC of the district today.
The victims who fled the brothels and returned home had filed separate cases against Tamang at different times.
Aged 14- to 17-years-old then, the victims were trafficked to India taking advantage of the porous Indo-Nepal border, and sold for prostitution in 2008 and 2009.
Four of the victims come from the Dalit communities and two from the Newar community. They were all students at local schools when they fell into the clutches of the sex trafficking racket led by Tamang.
The Court jailed two of his accomplices also—Sukaman Dong for 16 years and Tek Bahadur Sunar for 12.5 years.
Also, the Court slapped a fine of Rs 13 lakh on Tamang, and directed him to provide Rs 1.5 lakh each as compensation to all the victims.