Today I was surprised, when I came to know that Leader’s wife was sold as slavery in Lebanon from Nepal. Women trafficking in Nepal are not current issues. It happened from years and years in order to support their family. Sometimes women are sold for prostitution and sometimes as slavery while searching for better income. This is because people have low income and high number of illiterate women so there are many stories about women trafficking in the recent days. More than 200,000 Nepalese girls are involved in sex trade. As 2001 census only 34.9% of women are educated where women covered 60% of total population. Moreover according to the CIA fact of 2008, over 46% of total population is suffering from unemployment.
Additionally, It didn’t happen in every parts of the country but in those parts where women are suffering from poverty, women illiterate rate is high and districts near the border of India. The most common areas used by traffickers are in the districts of Sindhupalchow, Makwanpur, Dhading and Khavre (Wadhwa, 1998). Two days ago there was news about Nepalese Woman trafficking in Lebanon as slavery. This is not a single story but this was highlighted because she is the wife of Nepal Dalit Union Sindhupalchow district president’s Laxman Bishokarma. Sindhupalchow district is always forward in Women’s trafficking.
This news was published in newspaper named Rajdhani, on Friday, 08 May, 2009 in Nepali. Among them Dalit leader wife’s Sushila Baraeli is one of them who were sold in search of better income. Sushila went for foreign employment to Lebanon 11 months ago. Due to the low financial income Sushila was forced to go to Lebanon with the help of Serang Sangbo and Kathmandu’s Som Bahadur Lama who were arranging to send her to Malaysia. She was sending in individual visa without the involvement of Employment Company. According to the article she was sold to house owner of Lebanon on RS. 250,000. At present, the owner had demanded RS. 250,000 to return Sushila to her country but Sushila’s husband told that he didn’t have that much to bring back to his wife. She is not a wife but also is a mother of a daughter. The police had already arrested to Serang Sangbo who was involved in this crime.
Currently, Sushila husband is requesting to political parties to help him to bring his wife back to the country but till now there is no any response from political parties. At present there is a fresh political crisis in the country because of conflict between president and prime minister.
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Tim McGirk, "Nepal's Lost Daughters, India's soiled goods," Nepal/India: News, 27 January 1997