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No data on trafficked nationals, says Nepalese govt
Publication Date : 05-09-2013
The Nepalese government has revealed that it has no integrated data on the number of Nepalis being trafficked every year. However, it has pledged to come up with a National Plan of Action against trafficking of women and children within the next six months.
According to a 2012 report published by Nepal's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), 12,000 women and children are trafficked out of the country every year.
"However, this number is not accurate, as it is based on data given by non-government organisations that often do not cross-check their figures with each other for overlaps," said Upendra Prasad Adhikary, spokesman for the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare.
"Data provided by the courts are also not an accurate reflection of the severity of the human trafficking problem Nepal is facing," Adhikary said.
He added that according to a report published by the attorney-general's office in 2011, a total of 288 human trafficking cases were filed at various district courts between 2011 and 2012.
Among the objectives of the government's proposed national plan is to establish better cooperation between the government, private sector and other organisations involved in advocacy against human trafficking. Once the plan is drafted, the roles of the various parties involved will become clearer, Adhikary said.