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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Human Trafficking A Global Evil Trade

Activists of All India Democratic Women’s Association shout slogans during a protest outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: PTI photo)

The UNPF estimates that more than 28,000 women may be at risk of gender-based violence in Nepal in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake.

The rape and torture of two Nepalese women working for a Saudi Arabian diplomat in Delhi, highlights the plight of those migrants from Nepal whose numbers have increased since April’s earthquake.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) estimates that more than 28,000 women may be at risk of gender-based violence in Nepal in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake and the series of aftershocks that has claimed nearly 9,000 human lives, and left trail of devastation.
Official figures suggest 529 women have disappeared from relief camps and ravaged village, and authorities suspect they may have been lured by human traffickers. As the natural disaster has increased the vulnerability of low income groups, especially women, more and more people are reported to be crossing the border to India in search of security and job.
Given the open and congruous border, homogeneity of social structure, the natural, easy, and preferred destination would be nearer home, or India. “However, we are not able to find out how many women have crossed the border for jobs as there is no entry of movement on the border, not does the Nepalese Embassy in Delhi keeps any record,” says Maiti Nepal, a prominent NGO that has an anti-trafficking network in operation along Nepal-India border.
Its team centres in six places found that in the first four weeks after the earthquake altogether 133 families migrated to India in search of safer places. But given the porous nature of the border, officials say, this figure is only a tip of the iceberg.
The government, as a precautionary measure, had imposed a ban on international adoption and restricted children from travelling outside their district without an accompanying adult guardian soon after the earthquake. However, this does not apply in the case of exodus from a village, or an entire family moving out.
Deeper social connects across the border and better economic opportunities in India, attracts Nepalese families in distress. Nepal has been classified as a Tier 2 country by a US State Department report, meaning that the country’s laws against human trafficking are less than satisfactory.
The UN and other agencies have listed Nepal as a source, transit, and destination country for men, women and children subjected to forced labour and sex-trafficking in Nepal, India, the Middle East, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.
Unregistered migrants- including the large number of Nepalis who travel through India or rely on unregistered recruiting agents- are particularly vulnerable to forced labor,” an official report says.
So while it is difficult to state how many Nepalese families have cross over to India or the extent of human trafficking from Nepal, it is clear that the practice is common and widespread.

Rape of two Nepalese women highlights plight of migrants from Nepal  Yubaraj Ghimire September 11, 2015

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L'India ha chiesto all'ambasciatore dell'Arabia Saudita a New Delhi di cooperare nell'inchiesta riguardante accuse di stupro e torture presentata da due donne nepalesi, di 30 e 50 anni, domestiche in casa di un diplomatico saudita.
Sia l'identità delle vittime, rientrate a Kathmandu dopo essersi sottoposte a esami che hanno provato violenze sessuali e sodomia, sia quella del diplomatico, rifugiatosi con la famiglia nell'ambasciata del suo Paese, non sono state rese note.
Le due donne coinvolte avevano lasciato il Nepal quattro mesi fa accettando la proposta di un'agenzia che aveva promesso loro un lavoro in Arabia Saudita, ma si erano ritrovate a lavorare a casa del diplomatico a Gurgaon, città a sud di New Delhi.
All'inizio della settimana, su richiesta di una ong indiana, la polizia ha fatto irruzione nella casa del primo segretario dell'ambasciata saudita, portando via a forza le domestiche.
Le due nepalesi hanno presentato una denuncia in cui hanno sostenuto che il loro datore di lavoro le aveva "ripetutamente stuprate e sodomizzate, offrendole spesso in 'regalo' ad ospiti di passaggio". "Siamo state anche torturate e talvolta siamo state costrette - hanno assicurato - a lavorare senza ricevere cibo per giorni".
L'ambasciatore saudita Saud Mohammed Alsati ha protestato presso il ministero degli Esteri indiano per l'ingresso della polizia a casa del diplomatico "in violazione della Convenzione di Vienna" definendo "false" le accuse delle due donne.

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The number of human slaves is at an all-time high with 14 million people trapped in the industry and the average victim just 12-years-old.

Global traffickers primarily prey on women and children who can be traded for a mere five dollars, and technology is aiding figures further according to international TEAR fund ambassador Melinda Tankard Reist.
"The growing pornography genre is webcam pornography involving children where they perform on camera and are often abused," said Ms Tankard Reist.
"Sometimes men select the child they want to abuse by seeing them on webcam first before flying over to do so."

Children are being traded for a mere $5 by global traffickers, with technology being increasingly used to exploit children.

Source: ONE News

Traffickers are rarely caught with the prosecution rate at less than 1%, with calls for more resources to be put into law enforcement and higher penalties.

Aid agencies claim the problem is under publicised because the subject is an uncomfortable one, an issue TEAR fund is trying to change with annual fundraiser Live Below the Line.

"Participants live on little over two dollars a day and raise funds to go towards TEAR fund projects, and I’ve seen first-hand that the money goes directly to the victims for their rescue and rehabilitation," said Ms Tankard Reist.

"It's an evil trade and traffickers are profiting from it on a global scale... We need to remember each of these figures represents a real human being."

'It’s an evil trade': Technology driving the sky-high human trafficking figures

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