130 Nepalese trafficking victims rescued in Manipur

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New Delhi: Around 130 Nepalese women were rescued from Moreh, Manipur by the local police on February 1. The women, trafficked from Nepal, were being taken to Myanmar through Moreh, which falls along the India-Myanmar border. As per sources, while the police has been able to rescue 130 women, another 60 have already been trafficked to Myanmar through the same route between January 29 to 30.

The incident came to light after the Impulse NGO Network, which primarily focusses on human trafficking, received information from an NGO in Nepal that around 70 Nepalese women would be illegally travelling to Manipur to reach Myanmar in the wee hours of February 1. All the rescued are currently under police custody in Manipur and have been transferred to a shelter home pending further action. 

As per sources, the Moreh border is increasingly being used by traffickers to move girls from Nepal to Myanmar via India. From Myanmar, the rescued batch of 130 were reportedly being taken to Iraq. Most of these girls are reportedly between 19 to 31 years of age.

On January 30, the Delhi Commission for Women had rescued six Nepalese girls who were brought to India from Nepal. The girls are presently under the custody of the Delhi police and their statements have been recorded at the Bhalswa Dairy station.