Teenage girl rescued from Indo-Nepal border in Kapilvastu

KAPILVASTU: A teenage girl crossing the Nepal-India border transit of Krishnanagar in Kapilvastu district was rescued on Tuesday.

19-year-old girl from Buddhabhumi Municipality of Kapilvastu was rescued by KI Nepal, a local organisation working on the prevention of human trafficking, reported Rastriya Samachar Samiti. The girl who was leaving for Balrampur in India without the consent of her family was intercepted at the Indian border, informed Keshar Bishwakarma, the district coordinator of KI Nepal.

According to Bishwakarma, the girl said that she was going to India in search of a job and to escape from her alcoholic father's abuse at home.

Meanwhile, KI Nepal has admitted the girl in a Chitwan-based rehabilitation centre in order to counsel and train her and eventually prepare her for hardships she may encounter in life.

South Asia, with India at its center, is one of the fastest-growing regions for human trafficking in the world.

Of an estimated 20 million commercial sex workers in India, 16 million women and girls are victims of sex trafficking, according to non-government organisations working in India.