KATHMANDU: Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said 13,000 women and children were trafficked to other countries in the last one-and-a-half years.
A further 16,000 faced attempted trafficking during the same period, the NHRC said in its report titled “Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children in Nepal” released Monday.
The rate of human trafficking in the country rose in the last one-and-a-half years in 2012 and 2013 by over 60 percent compared to earlier periods.
Nepalese women and children are trafficked to other countries including India mainly for three purposes: sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and entertainment.
“Most women were trafficked for forced prostitution, while children were forced to work as bonded workers or beggars or even used for organ transplants,” said the report.
Non-governmental organisation Eastern Benjamin Trust said more than 500 Nepali children under the age of 14 are being trafficked to Indian cities to work in circus shows.
The Global Slavery Index-2013 has ranked Nepal in fifth place out of 162 countries in the world for modern slavery practices.
NHRC has called on the Nepalese government to enact new and stricter laws to curb and monitor human trafficking.
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