Nepal | January 16, 2021

Bid to combat human trafficking gets a boost

Share Now:

Kathmandu, October 17

New amendment to Police Regulations has a provision of forming Anti-human Trafficking Bureau, to give more teeth to the security agency, in its fight against transnational human trafficking.

Anti human trafficking bureau

Anti human trafficking bureau of Nepal Police. Photo: THT Online

The amendment, which was published in the Nepal Gazette on September 30, has defined functions, duties and powers of the bureau and its chief. Main functions of the bureau are to make necessary arrangements to prevent the cases of human trafficking, investigate criminal offenses related to human trafficking, rescue victims of trafficking and provide emergency protection to them, carry out supervision of other police units, maintain central data of human trafficking and perform other tasks in accordance with prevailing laws.

According to the amendment, the bureau may also assign an appropriate police unit to conduct investigation into the complaints of trafficking. “The bureau shall have the power to deploy its employees in any parts of the country as part of its effort to tackle the organised crime,” the amendment reads. The bureau shall remain under Nepal Police and will be led by senior superintendent of police.

Nepal Police said the bureau was established to enhance its capacity in tackling human trafficking, which had become a growing problem in the country.

It also ensures greater access to services for the victims of human trafficking through capacity building of the law enforcement agency. Human trafficking has remained the largest criminal industry after drug smuggling in the world.

A source at the Ministry of Home Affairs said the government was also planning to depute police attachés to Nepali embassies in destination countries with high number of Nepali migrant workers.

Police attachés will be deputed to the Nepali embassies abroad, mainly the Gulf countries, to coordinate investigation of charges levelled against Nepali traffickers hiding abroad.

They will work to prevent human trafficking in the name of foreign employment. Scores of suspects of human trafficking have been living in foreign countries.

According to statistics provided by Nepal Police, it received 305 complaints of human trafficking in fiscal 2017-18 while as many as 174 cases of human trafficking were filed with police until mid-February of 2019.

A report on ‘Trafficking in Persons-2019’ released by the National Human Rights Commission said around 1.5 million population was at risk of trafficking in fiscal 2018-19 and nearly 35,000 of them ended up being victims to various forms of trafficking.

Human traffickers have been capitalising on lack of employment opportunity in the country, low education level and poverty, to lure women, girls and men into foreign countries with the promise of lucrative jobs and better future, the report stated. The victims felt cheated only when they were left to fend for themselves in a foreign country.

Key agents of smugglers comprised individuals as well as agencies that included recruiting firms, education consultancies, marriage bureaus and cultural groups, according to the report.

A version of this article appears in print on October 18, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Photo Gallery: NC student cadres demonstrate against House dissolution

Kathmandu, January 15 Seen in the pictures below are youth activists affiliated to the main opposition Nepali Congress taking part in a tug of war during a protest against the dissolution of House, in Kathmandu, on Friday. On December 20, PM Oli recommended the dissolution of House of Represen Read More...

Sixth meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission held in New Delhi

KATHMANDU: The sixth meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission was held in New Delhi, India on Friday. Nepal's foreign minister and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India, co-chaired the meet as leaders of their respective delegations today. In a pr Read More...

From net bowler to test debut, India's Natarajan continues fairytale journey

BRISBANE: T Natarajan's fairytale trip to Australia continued on Friday when the left-arm quick, who arrived as a net bowler, became the first Indian player to make his international debut in all three formats during the same tour. Known for his pinpoint yorkers, which troubled batsmen in the Ind Read More...

Constitutional bench to adjudicate House dissolution case

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 15 The constitutional bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana today ruled that cases field against the dissolution of the House of Representatives would be heard by the same bench continuously from Sunday. The SC passed the order after hear Read More...

At least 42 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

MAMUJU, INDONESIA: A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 people. More than 600 people were injured by the magnitude 6.2 quake, which sent people fleeing their homes in Read More...

Biden: We'll 'manage the hell' out of feds' COVID response

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE: President-elect Joe Biden pledged Friday to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days. It's part of a broader COVID strategy that also seeks to straighten out snags in testing and ensure minority com Read More...

Dahal-Nepal faction to seek clarification from prime minister

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 15 Nepal Communist Party (NCP) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal today decided to seek clarification from Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for acting against the party’s objectives, goals, programmes, and statute. NCP Standing Committee member Bhim Bahadur Rawal Read More...

Rooney stops playing to take Derby manager job permanently

All-time record scorer for England and Manchester United. A haul of 16 trophies. Wayne Rooney's illustrious playing career is over. Former England and United captain has decided it's time to focus on trying to replicate his successes as a striker in management. After taking temporary charg Read More...