The pandemic has further increased Nepali children’s vulnerability to forced labor and trafficking

The pandemic has further increased Nepali children’s vulnerability to forced labor and trafficking » Meroshare

Kathmandu: On October 2, a total of 12 children aged between 13 and 17 who were rescued from Mumbai and brought to Kathmandu met with their families. The children had left for Mumbai from their respective homes in Rautahat, Sarlahi, and Mahottari districts, looking for jobs after the Covid-19 pandemic left them without schools to attend. The children got stuck in derelict conditions in different parts of Mumbai until a group of organizations in Mumbai worked together to rescue and rehabilitate them.

On the other side of the border, in Nepal, the National Child Rights Council took up the mantle to reconcile the children with their families. Namuna Bhusal, head of the Child Protection Department at the National Child Rights Counc


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