Quake aftermath

Activists warn of girls being trafficked from Nepal after earthquake

Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Child rights activists are fearful that human traffickers are taking young girls and women from rural villages in Nepal to be exploited in the Asian sex trade following the devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake that rocked the country. An estimated 15,000 Nepali girls are trafficked each year and ultimately end up working in Indian brothels, according to reports. Activists say displacement camps are hotbeds for attempted abductions. Bhuwan Ribhu, from the Bachpan Bachao Andolan charity, is already alerting teams on the ground to be vigilant of people using relief as an excuse to promise ‘jobs’ to children and adolescent girls. “We fear they will be trafficked for sexual exploitation and for forced labor,” he reportedly said. While there are a few reports of children being rescued by the Indian Armed Border Force from the India-Nepal border,  they still have to be verified and, therefore, border security has been stepped up. The U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report gives the Nepali government a poor rating in terms of complying with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

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