Breaking the chain


Human trafficking under the guise of labour migration has become one of the most severe problems faced by Nepali migrant workers in recent times. 

By Anurag Devkota*
The fact that Nepal is heavily reliant on remittance and foreign employment is uncontested. Foreign employment constitutes nearly one-third of the national economy of the country. Forming the base of this sector are some of the most unrewarding, challenging and perilous jobs that are filled with cases of trafficking and exploitation. Studies have suggested that Nepali migrant workers are more prone to become victims of forced labour and trafficking in destination countries under the guise of foreign employment. Migrant workers comprise the vast majority of Nepali people who are trafficked, according to a report by Anti-Slavery International.