UNODC, ILO run training workshop in Nepal on countering trafficking for forced labour
India and Nepal share an open border; while this facilitates travel, it also creates an opportunity for trafficking in persons between the two countries. Many Nepali girls are trafficked to India as forced labour, for example.
In order to combat this problem, both India and Nepal ratified the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC); India also ratified the Trafficking Protocol, supplementing the UNTOC.
The May workshop was run under the auspices of a project titled 'Reducing trafficking of women and girls for domestic work in Nepal and India,' supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Development (DFID); it sought to promote the sharing of national practices and strengthen responses to tackle trafficking (both internal and cross-border) for forced labour, including for domestic work.
Over 35 participants from the government, police, border control agencies, civil society organizations and development agencies from both countries attended the workshop. One of the key points that came up during the sessions was the need to effectively implement the laws that are already in place to address human trafficking. Discussions also focused on the role of government in rehabilitating the rescued victims, collaborations between the police and NGOs to provide justice to the victims, effectiveness of inter-state coordination among the police and the importance of effective government schemes to rehabilitate the survivors.