1,000 Nepal girls trafficked into capital every year, reports NGO

1,000 Nepal girls trafficked into capital every year, reports NGO

As many as 1,000 young Nepali girls are trafficked into Delhi every year. Most of them are pushed into flesh trade, while some end up as domestic helps or are forcibly married, according to non-profit organisations working against human trafficking.

With the deluge of cases of minors being trafficked into Delhi, an NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan is all set to launch a campaign to spread awareness and address the issues of children who have been victims of sexual abuse.

The campaign is likely to be launched by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi next week in the national capital. According to Bachpan Bachao Andolan, some 5,000 children, both male and female, are trafficked into Delhi every year, who end up as bonded labourers and domestic helps.

“And over 1,000 minor girls are trafficked into Delhi and forced to work in massage parlours. Some of them are also thrown into the clutches of flesh trade in the neighbouring areas of Delhi. A few are even forcibly married and sent to Punjab,” said Rakesh Senger, Director of Victim Assistance and Campaign Programme with Bachpan Bachao Andolan. Young girls are largely trafficked from Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha districts of Nepal, he added.

Since 2001, Bachpan Bachao Andolan has rescued some 464 Nepali children and sent them back to their native places. Asked why Delhi has become a hub of trafficked children, Senger said, “There are plenty of job opportunities in Delhi. Some five to 10 per cent trafficked children end up as domestic helps in Delhi only.”

In all, there are some five lakh domestic helps in Delhi, of which 30 to 40 per cent are minors who are trafficked not only from Nepal but also from across the country – Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

According to Bachpan Bachao Andolan, there are lacunae in the system that allow the menace to continue.  “Thousands of children are still working in sweat shops despite various legislations against child labour. The bill prohibiting employment of children below 14 years in any form is still pending and awaiting approval of Parliament for last several years,” said R S Chaurasia, Chairperson of Bachpan Bachao Andolan.

“Even adults working in such shops and factories are not getting the prescribed minimum wages, forcing them to send their children to work at eateries to supplement their income.” There are 5,000 placement agencies in Delhi, which provide domestic helps.

“Some of them are registered as NGOs. They keep changing their addresses. The government agencies are slack n conduction inspections of placement agencies,” said Senger. Since 2009, some 6,000 children have been rescued in Delhi by Bachpan Bachao Andolan.

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