Nepali girls abducted and then sold in Mumbai, Delhi brothel houses for Rs. 50,000: Report

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Nepali girls abducted and then sold in Mumbai, Delhi brothel houses for Rs. 50,000: Report

NEW DELHI: Nepali girls are being abducted and then taken away to India where they are sold to Mumbai and New Delhi brothel houses.

A study conducted by border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) on Indo-Nepal border" claims the number of victims brought illegally into the country has gone up by 500% since 2013 with girls trafficked from villages and Terai region of Nepal sold to brothel owners in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities for up to Rs 50,000.

In 2013, 108 girls/children were rescued at Indo-Nepal border, while 607 such victims were rescued in 2017, Times of India has reported.

Calling Nepal the "source" country for most of the trafficking of children and women to India , SSB says they are then forced into prostitution or pushed to into domestic help or other forms of exploitative labour, and in a few cases their organs are illegally harvested.

Quoting statistics of Nepal's women and social welfare ministry, according to which 26 of Nepal's 75 districts are trafficking prone, SSB says that most women/children at risk are from the hills and of schedule castes, but members of higher castes are also trafficked into India .

The traffickers, men (often called 'dalals') and women ('didis,' who are sex workers themselves), bring the girls aged 9 to 16 - to border towns before they are brought to India by bus.

Near the border, professional agents who lure the girls for selling in the brothels are paid up to Rs 6,000 for every child.

Apart from the 'didis,' SSB says, sometimes family members also act as traffickers. The girls are coached to conceal their true age in case they are stopped and questioned by the police.

New Delhi