Lalitpur, October 3:

Lack of sufficient awareness campaigns in prone areas and programmes being formulated on the interests of donor agencies and mafias rather than properly identifying the problems have been identified as major problems in reducing the rate of trafficking in women and children, according to a report by Asmita Women’s Publishing House (AWPH).

Speaking at a programme organised to make public the report, Manju Thapa of the House said though a large sum of money is being spent on preventing women trafficking, the results are not satisfactory due to the failure in identifying the most vulnerable areas. “If we evaluate the results of the Jeet Programme under wh-ich Rs 30 million has been spent in three years, we can say the situation has not improved,” she said. Laxmi Pokharel of ABC Nepal said societal norms are the barriers in rescue, as the community does not easily embrace the rescued persons.