Originally published on September 16, 2013, for The Himalayan Times—
“In a major police crackdown against human trafficking done under the pretext of employment overseas, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has apprehended four notorious agents of a girls trafficking racket operating from Nepal.
Acting on a tip off, the CIB arrested Gyan Bahadr Acharya alias Gyanu, 43, of Jhapa, Dipak Tamang, 28, of Sindhupalchowk, Gauri Shankar Pandey alias Bipul, 31, of Nawalparasi and Rajendra Subedi Khatri alias Rajan, of Imadol, Lalitpur, from various places in the Capital last Wednesday. While Acharya and Tamang are temporary residents of Dallu-15, Bipul resides in a rented room at Balaju.
According to police, the suspects, in coordination with their foreign agents, had been luring young unmarried girls to acquire job as “bar dancer” in Dubai, Malaysia, Qatar, and other gulf countries.
“They had been operating by sharing responsibilities among themselves,” said SP Pitamber Adhikari of the CIB, the lead investigator of the case. Acharya was assigned to fish the job aspirant, and Tamang and Bipul were entrusted with the responsibility to establish contact with agents operating in the destination countries. Khatri was coordinating the racket’s overall operation in Nepal.
Police described the modus operandi of the racket as an approach that begins usually with convincing vulnerable village girls to come to Kathmandu against the will of their parents. After gathering up the girls brought from various districts in Kathmandu, the agents arranged their accommodations at local lodges and guest houses in the Capital. The girls would then be taken to various dance bars in Kathmandu during night to learn dancing. According to police, the girls would also be often forced into sexual activities.
“The suspects would have the seminude pictures of the girls taken at photo studios in Kathmandu. The photos would be sent to their agents abroad,” said SP Adhikari. “After approving the pictures, the dance bar and restaurant operators in the destination countries would send work-visa, allocating the job as either artist or waiter. The girls are trafficked, thus, to the Gulf countries and as far as Africa to work in dance bars as sex workers.”
According to police, cash-commission that the agents receive per one girl is Rs 40,000.
The arrestees have been forwarded to the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka, for further prosecution under ‘human trafficking’ charges. Further investigations are underway, police said.”
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