30 July 2015: The gang which Delhi Police dismantled last week as it attempted to smuggle Nepalese earthquake victims to Dubai had already pushed hundreds of Nepalese women into slavery and flesh trade in the Gulf.
At least 250 Nepalese women have been trafficked to Dubai in the last four months to work as ‘bonded labourers and sex workers’, Times of India reported today. It is understood the number of victims was confirmed by two Nepalese traffickers who were arrested in New Delhi.
The illicit operations of the racket came to light on July 21 when authorities at Indira Gandhi International Airport took seven confused Nepalese women under control after they failed to produce their proper boarding passes.
Two Air India staffs, Kapil Kumar and Manish Gupta, were subsequently arrested for participating in the trafficking of the women aged between 20 to 35 years of age. They allegedly helped the women clear through the airport immigration, media reports claimed. The seven women had arrived at the New Delhi airport via an international flight from Ahmedabad.
An investigation by Delhi Police has revealed that two Nepalese agents named Vishnu Tamang and Neupani Ishwor preyed on vulnerable earthquake victims by promising them jobs in oil-rich Gulf countries.
All victims are apparently from the worst-affected areas of the 7.8 magnitude April earthquake.
“For every woman, the agents and Air India officials would earn Rs 4,000-5,000. The Nepalese agents would take one year’s salary of the women in Dubai through gold loan and international finance companies. Upon reaching, passports of these women would be seized by their employers,” Times of India said today.
Based on information provided by the traffickers, Delhi Police later rescued 21 additional Nepalese women from various hotels across South West Delhi.
The news comes only days after US Secretary of State John Kerry released Trafficking In Persons report which clearly showed Nepal’s inadequate performance in combating human trafficking.
“The government inconsistently implemented anti-trafficking laws, as many government officials continued to employ a narrow definition of human trafficking and domestic sex and labour trafficking victims and male victims of transnational labour trafficking were only marginally protected, often leading to repeated victimization,” the report revealed.