Media coverage on trafficking low: NHRC

Kathmandu, June 12:

Media coverage on human trafficking — which is related to migration, income generation, livelihood and foreign employment — is very low, according to officials of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Murari Prasad Kharel, the deputy director of NHRC, said news reports and coverage on trafficking that appear in the media are based on incidents rather than on the human rights perspective.

He was speaking in a meeting held between representatives of various media houses and NHRC officials today.

The meeting was organised with a view to analysing the situation of human trafficking and making an impact analysis of the initiatives taken to combat it.

The Office of the National Rapporteur on trafficking in women and children is working on a second annual report on ‘Trafficking in Person, Especially on Women and Children — 2006.’

Nepal is one of the origin country for human trafficking with girls being trafficked to India.