NEPAL: Nepali Girls Rescued From Traffickers´ Clutches

Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Himalayan Times
Southern Asia
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Had help not arrived on time, eight Nepali women would have fallen prey to traffickers, who were plotting to send them to Jordan on forged papers.

The women, most of them in their 20s, were rescued from a hotel in Pahadganj on Thursday evening after Help Nepali Mission informed Delhi Police that a man was allegedly trying to traffic them to Jordan.

The mission had received information about the suspected trafficker from the hotel itself.

Those rescued are: Bishnu Maya Magar; Anita Rana and Basanta Gandharba of Pyuthan; Khushi Maya Tamang of Kavre; Ramita Tamang of Jhapa and Ashma Rai of Okhaldhunga. The other two women are: Rubi (name changed on request) and Sabi (name changed on request), who hail from the central and eastern regions, respectively.

Khushi Maya, Ramita and Ashma said they have previously worked in Gulf countries and can communicate in Arabic. Samir Miya of Pyuthan had brought the women to the Indian capital and introduced them to Fayes Nassar Sabah Abuelliz, a Jordanian national in his early 50s, at the hotel.

Miya and his friends Birendra Khanal, Krishna Marshal and Tej Bahadur Shrestha, who were based in Nepal, had told the women that they would be working as housemaids with monthly salary of Rs 15,000-18,000.

Abuelliz had made a move on one of the women, according to the victims.

He made another from the group wash his briefs.

“If his intentions were good, he would not have done all that,” Sabi reasoned.

Miya had told us we would be directly flying to Jordan from New Delhi, the women said. But that was not to be as Abuelliz had other plans.

“Every day, the Jordanian would tell us that we would be leaving in a day or two,” Sabi added. The women could not know about the status of their visas as their passports were with Abuelliz.

It was only after the raid that Rubi came to know that her agents had been trying to fly her to Jordan on a forged passport.

The Nepali Embassy will soon repatriate the girls to Nepal.