Nepal’s Senior Superintendent of Police Sarbendra Khanal said that the police have beefed up vigilance after several cases came to light and they have requested the Sri Lankan police to cooperate in controlling illegal human trafficking through Colombo.
Human traffickers have been using Sri Lanka as a convenient route for trafficking Nepali women abroad, according to Manju Gurung, president of Paurakhi, an organization that works for the welfare of the returnees.
After the Government of Nepal was tipped off about 22 women stuck in Colombo, Sri Lanka in the first week of June, new routes of trafficking Nepali women via Kathmandu-Delhi or Mumbai-Colombo have come into the lime light.
The Government then sent a four-member fact-finding team representing officials of the Ministry of Labor and Employment, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nepal Police to Colombo. By the time the team reached Colombo, they found that 14 of the women had already left the Sri Lankan capital.
At least 19 woman migrant workers were rescued by the Nepali authorities in the first week of August from Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)