Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens Uma Regmi. (File Photo)
KATHMANDU: Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens Uma Regmi has said the government was working to amend laws needed to enforce the Palermo Protocol.
Nepal ratified the Palermo Protocol in 2020.
Minister Regmi said efforts were on to amend the laws needed for application of the Palermo Protocol or the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC).
The Protocol was adopted by the United Nations in 2000 as part of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
According to the UNODC, it is the first legally binding instrument with an internationally recognized definition of human trafficking.
This definition provides a vital tool for the identification of victims, whether men, women or children, and for the detection of all forms of exploitation which constitute human trafficking.
Countries that ratify this treaty must criminalize human trafficking and develop anti-trafficking laws in line with the Protocol’s legal provisions.
Minister Regmi said, “The main cause behind human trafficking is poverty. Now, more issues have emerged due to digital technology. Such (challenges) should be controlled.”
Likewise, Minister Regmi said human trafficking taking place in the name of foreign employment has become a pressing challenge to the government while calling for common efforts to combat such serious crime.