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Nepali women vulnerable to trafficking

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 2 - Nepali women and girls are increasingly subjected to sex trafficking in Assam and cities such as Nagpur and Pune.

This was one of the findings the United States �Trafficking in Persons� Report 2017 published this week. The report highlighted grey areas in various countries including India, vis-�-vis human trafficking.

Released by the US government, the report brackets India as a source, destination and transit country for men, women and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking.

�Forced labour constitutes India�s largest trafficking problem; men, women and children in debt bondage � sometimes inherited from previous generations � are forced to work in brick kilns, rice mills, agriculture and embroidery factories,� the report stated.

The report also stated that most of India�s trafficking problem is internal and those from the most disadvantaged social strata � Dalits, members of tribal communities, religious minorities and women, girls from the excluded community � are most vulnerable.

At a State-level consultation on �Ethical Media Reporting on Anti Human Trafficking� organised by national anti-trafficking NGO Shakti Vahini here, Rishi Kant, who runs the organisation, said there is a greater need to make journalists aware of some finer aspects while reporting on the sensitive issue.

�At no cost should a journo, in any way or manner, disclose or indicate towards the identity of the victims of human trafficking,� Kant said.

�Journos should refrain from naming the victim and neither should they mention the name of their siblings, parents or the village she lives in to help their rehabilitation process,� Kant added.

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