KATHMANDU:The Fifth National Day against Human Trafficking has been observed on Tuesday around the slogan – ‘Our Common Campaign, Full Stop to Human Trafficking’.

The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and different non-governmental organisations working in the campaign against preventing of human trafficking as My Nepal, the Alliance Against Trafficking in Women and Children, Nepal (AATWIN) teamed up and organised a programme to celebrate the Day.

Speaking at the programme, Secretary at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ananda Raj Pokharel said the Government is making efforts towards rescuing and rehabilitating the Nepali women trafficked to India and compelled to work as sex workers.

He stressed the need for conducting more public awareness programmes in the country against scourge of women trafficking and said the Government would take stern action against people involved in human trafficking.

Secretary Pokharel urged all sides for their cooperation in this regard by informing the police if they come to know about any incidents of human trafficking in their neighbourhood or elsewhere.

ATWIN Vice-Chairperson Meena Bista expressed concern over the trafficking in women taking place in the name of foreign employment. She said in the beginning Nepali women used to be trafficked to India, but these days they are being trafficked to the Gulf countries also in the name of foreign employment and the Government should pay special attention towards checking this trend.

At the programme, Secretary Pokharel felicitated Chairperson of Maiti Nepal, an NGO working in the rescue and the rehabilitation of women victims of trafficking, Anuradha Koirala and Member of the Shakti Samuha, Charimaya Tamang in recognition of their important contribution to fighting human trafficking in Nepal. 

Earlier in the morning, a rally was organised on the occasion. The rally began at Bhrikutimandap and passed through different parts of the city.

Source: The Himalayan Times (2011-09-06)