Maiti Nepal stops 206 women and children from being trafficked

BHIMDATTANAGAR: Maiti Nepal Kanchanpur, in the last one year, has stopped 206 women and children at the western border transit point from going illegally to various destinations including India and other third countries under different pretexts.

Maiti Nepal Kanchanpur shared this information at a press conference held here on Sunday.

The organisation working for the prevention of human trafficking and rehabilitation of the trafficking victims said that these women and children who were about to exit the country from the western border transit point Gaddachauki and other checkpoints illegally were intervened and reunited with their families.

They were leaving the country through different means like middlemen who work for human traffickers, according to Maiti Nepal.

"37 of the 206 women and children who were prevented from leaving the country from the Gaddachauki transit point in 2017 were from Kanchanpur district alone," Maheshwari Bhatta, Coordinator of Maiti Nepal, Kanchanpur said.

Similarly, Maiti Nepal in 2017 has rescued 24 women and children at risk. They were rescued from Bangalore, Shimla, Chandigarh, Haldwani, Kashipur, Kolkata and other places of India.

Bhatta said they have so far stopped 2,217 women and children from 42 various districts of the country, about to be trafficked to India and third countries via India, at the western border since 2003 when Maiti Nepal set up its field office in Kanchanpur.

According to Bhatta, Maiti Nepal Kanchanpur has rescued 137 women and children. It has received 1,956 applications to search for missing women and children. Likewise, Maiti Nepal, Kanchanpur has filed trafficking cases against 42 persons and provided counselling services to 66,194 persons.