Trafficked Nepali women raped, forced into sex trade

Many young women stranded in India are forced into the sex trade as they find no help or a way out.

Ramesh Bharati

February 17, 2019

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Trafficked Nepali women raped, forced into sex trade
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NEW DELHI: Nepali women continue to be victims of trafficking under the cover of foreign employment. Thousands of youths are still stranded and are leading a hellish life in different parts of India as revealed by a series of investigation by Khabarhub.

Of those victims, the plight of women is even shoddier as they are repeatedly harassed and raped by the unscrupulous agents, or they are forced to work as sex workers to fend for themselves.

These women are lured of transiting to Israel, Hong Kong, Brunei, Norway, Canada and Japan including other destinations for high paying jobs.

Stranded Nepali youths, men and women are common in many parts of New Delhi such as Pahadgunj, Saket, JB Road, Green Park, Chhatpur, Kutib Minar, Sultanupr, Maalwiya Nagar, Arjangadh, Rajiv Chowk, Skindaur, Jayapath, and Gandhinagar, among others.

Sujata, 27, (name changed) who was a practicing nurse in Kathmandu came to New Delhi with Sabin Karki, an agent from Darjeeling. Karki had promised her to send her to Israel. “Once in India, he threatened me that he could do anything since I was alone. He raped me repeatedly,” shared Sujata with tears in her eyes. While she had already paid Rs.3,00000 to Karki, he is also holding her passport.

She visited Delhi-based Nepali Embassy but to no avail. Many young women stranded in India are forced into the sex trade as they find no help or a way out, according to Sujata.

Stranded Nepali youths, men and women are common in many parts of New Delhi such as Pahadgunj, Saket, JB Road, Green Park, Chhatpur, Kutib Minar, Sultanupr, Maalwiya Nagar, Arjangadh, Rajiv Chowk, Skindaur, Jayapath, and Gandhinagar, among others.

“I spent Rs 400,000 in total,” laments Ram Manoj Yadav of Dhanusha, who is currently languishing at JB Road in New Delhi. According to him, the ‘agent’ Kabiman Tamang of Kavre is nowhere in sight. “In fact, I made a mistake by trusting him since he assured me of a job in a plastic factory in Poland,” says Yadav.

Dipendra Magar’s account is no different than Yadav’s story. Magar’s agent Bishnu Bahadur Kunwar of Ramechhap duped him with the assurance of sending him to Canada to work as a security guard.

Magar is currently living at a hotel at Barakhamba in New Delhi with five other friends, who too have been swindled by the agent. “He (agent) has gone out of contact,” said Magar, who is looking for a job in the Indian capital.

It should be noted that the Delhi police along with the Nepali Embassy in India had last fortnight rescued over one hundred girls from various parts of New Delhi.

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