Kathmandu, Feb 26: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has decided to prepare a municipal work procedure to monitor and curb the activities relating to human trafficking in the city area. The work procedure would be based on the regulation the government prepared earlier. It is for the implementation with the coordination at local levels.
The government had brought the Act against Human Trafficking, 2064; Regulation, 2065; and Work Procedure, 2070. The top leadership for it is Secretary at federal level and Chief District Officer at respective district. Similarly, in the local level, there is chief of municipality/sub-metropolis/metropolis to implement the work procedure against human trafficking.
During a meeting with the stakeholders on Thursday, KMC Deputy Mayor Hariprabha Khadgi Shrestha said as the form of human trafficking has changed over time, strong collaboration among various sides was essential. Even the social networking sites were used as medium to lure people for human trafficking, he added.
On the occasion, officer at Shanti Foundation, Shanta Dhakal, referred to a study that many unemployed youths were unknowingly falling victims to social networking sites, thereby getting exploited. "Although the youths are attracted quickly to enter entertainment sector, it is difficult for them to ensure regular income and development of professional skills," she said, reminding that many of such youths finally resort to sex works after they face severe financial problem.
Other speakers at the programme also said the nature of crime of human trafficking was changed with changed context. The restaurants, foreign employment and entertainment sectors could be risky area in the city in terms of human trafficking.
Published on: 26 February 2021 | The Rising Nepal