Suraksha ko lagi Sath Sath (Together for Protection), a 3-year project aims to improve protection, prosecution, and standards of care at children’s homes including orphanages with the potential threat of child trafficking by strengthening Nepal’s provincial and local anti-trafficking in person (TIP) and Child Protection (CP) structures and mechanisms. The project works at three tiers of government regulatory bodies and structures formed under the Children’s Act 2018 and envisioned in the amended Human Trafficking and Transportation (Control) Act 2007 to develop/update frameworks governing child institutionalization and TIP.
When a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person to engage in a commercial sex act or when a trafficker causes a child who has not attained 18 years of age to engage in a commercial sex act.
When a trafficker recruits, harbors, transports, provides, or obtains a person for labor or services by using force, fraud, or coercion.
Trafficking in persons does not require the movement of a person. Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and generally consistent with the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (Palermo Protocol), individuals may be trafficking victims regardless of whether they once consented, they participated in unlawful acts their traffickers compelled them to commit, someone transported them into the exploitative situation, or they were simply born into a state of servitude.
The local governments at the moment are focused on infrastructure development projects like road construction and are ignoring the children’s issues… The government must introduce child-friendly plans and policies. We children are at high risk of being exploited and trafficked. We, therefore, want the government to ensure our safety and meaningful participation in the decision-making process.
Lekhnath municipality, Gandaki Province
I had filed a case against a trafficker but I did not know how long the case would take and what could be the verdict and how to proceed after that. But this training helped me learn relevant information related to the court case proceedings.
Birendranagar municipality, Karnali Province
The budget for women and children is allocated at the local level but we should also allocate a budget to tackle the issue of street children to stop trafficking in our municipality because street children are the most vulnerable to TIP.
Birendranagar municipality, Karnali province
The ward representatives present here must change their perspective of human trafficking, it is a serious issue and we should be sensitively dealing with these cases. There are still many children living in correction centers in Makwanpur. One of the latest observations is that children are also in different religious institutions, therefore the local representatives must closely monitor these institutions along with child care homes in the district.
Hetauda sub-metropolitan city, Bagmati province
Such awareness programs on the issue of cyberbullying and sexual exploitation are needed in a city like Pokhara. We have buses running connecting Pokhara with India. This also increases the risk of human trafficking. Based on our data, in this year alone, 30 tourists were apprehended for drug smuggling, 25 cases of suicide were registered in Pokhara police. Therefore, to keep children safe from these exploitations, we must all work together.
Pokhara city, Gandaki province
During our work, we witness many children at risk. Many tourists are staying illegally in the country but we never question them. I think this is a serious issue for both the children and the tourism sector. This kind of orientation event must be organized for all tourism companies. If Shakti Samuha is willing, we can collaborate.
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)
I was excited to listen to the views of and expectations from the children and share my experience with them. Participating in these kinds of programs together helps bridge the generational gap between us. I find these platforms important for all to share their thoughts and ideas.
Panauti municipality, Bagmati province
I am worried about my health. The doctor made us realize that fatigue is likely to continue for some time even after recovery. I feel sleepy, weak, and have difficulty memorizing things and concentrating. She also shared that we need proper rest, adequate sleep, and nourishment. Initially, I didn’t believe her but later on, we followed her suggestion and felt better. It’s good, we get services from the white coat bearers on time.
From a shelter home, Kathmandu, Bagmati province
We have realized the need to make necessary changes in our existing CP and TIP response mechanisms and instruments. We will make the amendments as per the needs of the municipality. This in itself requires a collaborative effort of the government bodies and civil society organizations. Our municipality has a high number of Child Care Homes. We have been trying our best to monitor them frequently. Once we have a defined mechanism for this, the task will become easier and efficient.
Gokarneswor Municipality, Bagmati Province
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