The situation of human trafficking, mainly women and children, is getting serious by the day due to a change in the dimensions of trafficking, a report said on Friday.

The national report 2008-2009 prepared by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on trafficking of women and children in Nepal shows around 32,000 children and women were victims of trafficking in two years —2008 and 2009.

According to Padma Mathema, one of the researchers to find the exact number of the trafficked, said trafficking is still a problem despite efforts of various organisations given the change in the dimensions of trafficking.

“Today trafficking in not limited just to commercial sexual exploitation but to labour exploitation, organ transplantation and for entertainment (circus and dance bars) purposes,” Mathema said.

Based on the definition of trafficking stated by the ‘United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children 2000’ and ‘Human Trafficking and Transportation Control Act 2007,’ many women and girls working in dance restaurants and into commercial sex are considered survivors of internal trafficking, the report said.

“The problem has emerged as a difficult one to address due to lack of efficient enforcement of prevailing laws and rising impunity,” Gauri Pradhan, the NHRC spokesperson, said.

“Traffickers are still getting support from political bodies, which worsens the situation.”

 Source: The Kathmandu Post [2010-07-10]