‘Human traffickers’ remanded to seven-day custody

Kathmandu, May 16

Police have arrested two persons in connection with human trafficking under the cloak of sending youths on foreign employment without registering their business with the agencies concerned.

Acting on a tip off, police raided a house in Jarankhu of Tarkeshwor Municipality-8 yesterday and arrested Manmaya Acharya, 43, of Nawalparasi and Chhabilal Ghimire, 39, of Tanahun with 34 Nepali citizenship certificates, 30 passports and 14 medical clearance reports of various persons, including women.

According to Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, the duo trafficked the victims to Gulf countries on tourist visa with the assurance of a lucrative job there.

Kathmandu District Court has remanded the alleged human trafficking agents to seven-day judicial custody. Human traffickers have been using tourist visa to send migrant workers abroad.

International Relations and Labour Committee of the Parliament had recently released a report, saying racketeers were working in collusion with customs officials at Tribhuvan International Airport to traffic Nepalis to Gulf countries.

The committee also observed that Nepali migrant workers were not given jobs as promised before leaving country and manpower agents were cheating them.

Nepali women and girls trafficked by organised crime syndicates used to end up in Indian cities like New Delhi and Mumbai.

Now trafficking is not limited to neighbouring countries. The web of trafficking has gradually spread to the Gulf, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, according to a report of Nepal Police.

Lack of extradition treaty with new employment destination countries has posed a serious challenge to Nepal Police’s efforts to bring home many accused in human trafficking cases, said security officials.