Kathmandu: At least 1,679 individuals who had fallen prey to human trafficking have been successfully rescued from various countries, including Nepal over the course of the last five years.
The Nepal Police’s Human Trafficking Investigation Bureau reported these rescues, spanning from fiscal year 2019/20 to 2023/24.
Senior Superintendent of Police Jeevan Kumar Shrestha, the Chief of the Bureau, said among these rescued individuals, 1,134 were saved through the efforts of police offices across various districts, while an additional 544 individuals were rescued through the Bureau’s initiatives. Of the total rescued, 1,078 are women, and 605 are men.
Shrestha further added that during fiscal year 2022/23, 214 people who were victims of human trafficking were rescued, and this number increased to 336 in fiscal year 2023/24. He also expressed concern over the rising cases of trafficking under the guise of foreign employment.