Nepal im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials traf­fick­ing women: Re­port

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KATH­MANDU: Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials at Nepal’s in­ter­na­tional air­port are col­lud­ing with traf­fick­ers to il­le­gally send Nepali women to the Gulf where they are of­ten ex­ploited and abused, said a par­lia­men­tary re­port re­leased yes­ter­day.

The par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee tasked with in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and la­bor rights said the gov­ern­ment had failed to pro­tect Nepalis work­ing over­seas and turned a blind eye to al­le­ga­tions of traf­fick­ing. More than 60 per­cent of Nepali do­mes­tic work­ers who end up il­le­gally in the Gulf trav­elled through the main air­port in the cap­i­tal Kath­mandu, the re­port said.

“(They) travel on tourist visas via Trib­hu­van In­ter­na­tional Air­port in di­rect col­lu­sion with im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials, air­line com­pany staff, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials and the traf­fick­ers.” “The rest travel via dif­fer­ent cities in In­dia, Sri Lanka, China and var­i­ous African coun­tries,” the re­port said. The women are lured to Gulf coun­tries on prom­ises of well-paid jobs in de­part­ment stores or ho­tels. In­stead, they are sent to work in pri­vate homes where their pass­ports are usu­ally con­fis­cated.

Rights ac­tivists in Nepal have long de­manded the gov­ern­ment do more to pro­tect the four mil­lion Nepalis who work over­seas-mostly in the Gulf and Malaysia. With re­mit­tances from mi­grant work­ers ac­count­ing for nearly a third of Nepal’s GDP ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment fig­ures, ac­tivists sus­pect the au­thor­i­ties are re­luc­tant to put pres­sure on host na­tions. — AFP

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