Miss­ing!

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

many as 262 Nepalese women, from the mid­west­ern dis­tricts of the Nepal, who left the coun­try to seek em­ploy­ment in for­eign coun­tries, have gone miss­ing or are out of con­tact since last year. The num­ber of miss­ing women is based on the ap­pli­ca­tions filed by their fam­i­lies. With the in­crease in women go­ing abroad for em­ploy­ment, the in­ci­dents of their dis­ap­pear­ance have also in­creased.

In most ap­pli­ca­tions, the fam­i­lies re­quested to search for women and chil­dren who left for In­dia and the Gulf coun­tries. There is no proper or ac­cu­rate ad­dress of the miss­ing per­sons as many of them go abroad through il­le­gal chan­nels. It is feared that th­ese women and chil­dren can be vic­tim of la­bor and sex­ual ex­ploita­tion. How­ever, de­spite such cases, the trend among women to go abroad for jobs has not de­creased.

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