‘Quake-hit women more vulnerable to trafficking’

Kanchanpur, Dec. 11: The number of trafficked women from the far-western entry point in Kanchanpur district has increased after the deadly April 25 catastrophic earthquake.

Different organisations working against human trafficking said that more women are trafficked mostly in the name of employment opportunities.

According to Kanchanpur office of Maiti Nepal, as high as 216 women have gone missing from Gaddhachauki and other entry points in the district in 2015 alone.

District coordinator of Maiti Nepal, Maheshwori Bhatta, said that only 11 persons were rescued among the trafficked women so far in 2015.

Bhatta argued that women are more vulnerable to trafficking due to direct Pokhara-New Delhi bus service too.

Most of the missing girls are from the hilly districts of the far-west region. It is said that number of trafficked persons is on the rise due to poverty, foreign employment and others.