Modern day Slavery or Trafficking a question….
HUMAN SLAVERY and TRAFFICKING has been an issue around the globe. Even worst for the developing and underdeveloped countries where they have been trying to find a viable solution. No matter how hard they try their weak economic crisis makes them vulnerable to such externalities. It has been a huge question of identity for the women of the underdeveloped countries where its relevancy is abstract to the question of its definition. Nepal has been trying to fight WOMEN TRAFFICKING and SLAVERY in many ways. The definition and means have been changing according to time and situation. The awareness programs are getting intense to deal with the hardcore business where the business is also expanding and adapting new forms among its competition and prospects. Like such talking more about today’s TRAFFICKING and SLAVERY situation, things have changed. The old scenario of agents have transformed into variables of uncountable people in a network that links thousands of people that cannot be easily calculated. Bate for today’s has been lucrative salary and website that lures women of all over especially underdeveloped countries to earn more in despite attempt to save their financial condition. Willingly or unwillingly women are being TRAFFICKED in the name of MIGRANT WORKERS for the treachery of MODERN DAY SLAVERY.
Under the Foreign Employment act of Nepal, “It is clearly said that any person or agency involved with foreign employment have to be registered under the ministry and has to follow the norms and regulations of the foreign employment act. If not then they will be considered illegal. The company has to follow certain rules and regulation regarding the training, awareness and other aspect of the rights of the worker in safeguarding and protecting the migrant worker in the foreign land.”
In a recent case, around 3000 Nepali migrant women were stopped at Indian airports of New Delhi and Mumbai, who were trying to fly to Saudi Arab. They were stopped as they lacked proper documents and in questionnaire they prove to have no answer regarding their status. The ratio of illegal foreign employment migration has been increasing where it is considered to be 63,000 Nepali women working in Saudi Arabia but the official figure confirms only 2,540. It is clearly stated in the Foreign Employment Act 2007 that flying from a foreign airport for foreign employment without getting foreign employment permit is illegal.
With or without knowledge these women are taken in by a network of agents who land them up in their desired destination with no security and rights. These women are then exploited and harassed both physically and verbally. In most cases they are turned back either when they are dead or in case of pregnancy which makes it evident for their illegal status.
Like such the guardian in its latest coverage, Beirut death of Nepalese migrant worker Lila quotes, “Lila Aacharya left Nepal hoping to make a better life for her two young daughters. Two months later her body was flown home. Lila's case exposes the toll of HUMAN TRAFFICKING - from her attempt to escape the poverty of her village in the Himalayan foothills to her exploitation and death as a domestic worker in an up market apartment in Beirut.”
They have established few common characteristics distinguish slavery from other human rights violations. A slave is:
- Forced to work -- through mental or physical threat;
- Owned or controlled by an 'employer', usually through mental or physical abuse or threatened abuse;
- Dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as 'property';
- Physically constrained or has restrictions placed on his/her freedom of movement.
According to Aasha Lama, President of Aasha H4 Foundation, “The government has set up few parameters for the foreign job employment and why we are not following that is a question. Women Trafficking is not a simple issue it’s a social issue which needs to be cooperated from all sides. We at the foundation believe any women migrating abroad without knowing her right and stand is wrong. We say to send people without following the rules and regulations of the government, illegally is a new form of women trafficking and we strongly oppose it. We challenge all the people who have been sending women abroad without following the rules and regulation. They are culprits as when the government has set up the parameters why are we not following it.”
“A woman being sold or exploited aboard is not a question of her disgrace it’s a shame for the whole country which needs to be understood and worked. Being abroad is not easy situation but being aware is a situation that can be worked and controlled,” added she.
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