Lured by the promise of attractive earnings or sold in Syria as brides to terrorists, as well as used by Islamic stste militants as human shields. These are some of the findings that have emerged following police-enquiries in Nepal on ‘women- trafficking’ and sold in Africa and the Middle-East. For this reason, the authorities of the CIB- Central Investigation Bureau (Cib) in Nepal,arrested a group of traffickers on 7th April, who were selling off their innocent victims for 7 thousand dollars each. The enquiry came as a result of complaints filed by a woman who had been taken to Syria and forced to work on the ‘sex-market’, the agents only then have been able to uncover the criminal organisation which was luring the girls with the promise of working as dancers in coffee-bars and restaurants. The reality presented to them was quite different: once they had entered the new countries, and not only in Syria but in Kenya and Tanzania as well, the victims wer then sold off to the terrorists who were using them as human shields.
Hemanta Malla Thakuri, head of the CIB and general vice-inspector of the police in Nepal, has reported that thanks to that complaint, it enabled them to gather other information on other women which the International organisation for migrants had managed to save in these countries. Takuri has revealed moreover, that the objective of the traffickers, was especially trading in women and young girls belonging to the poverty-stricken classes, and the the main country of reference was Nepal because the women there are “economically more affordable and submit themselves more easily”.
The police have managed to compile a listo f traffickers in Nepal and an Indian: they are Rajendra Khatri and Sunil Adhikari from Lalitpur; Sabin Raja Manandhar, Keder Bahadur Khadka and Nabin Dahal, from Kathmandu; Lalit Raj Singh Suwal, from Bhaktapur, and Tarun Rojan Khanagwal of New Delhi. According to the authorities, the group is led by Khatri, owner of a travel- agency at Kathmandu and who had been released recently following his arrest last year under allegations of human-trafficking. Inspector Thakuri also managed to explain how the selection of the girls was carried out: the suspects went through an agency for the hiring of models. Across this organisation, photographs would be taken and sent off to accomplices in the countries concerned. At this stage, once the girls had been selected, an account would be opened and the rest of the ‘invoice’ would be settled once the ‘merchanidse’ had been delivered.