Kathmandu, Sept 25: Emphasis has been laid for the formation of a committee comprising stakeholders up to local levels as per the legal provision to control human trafficking.
At an interaction with media persons organised by Forum for Women, Law and Development here today, participants suggested to expand the committee up to the state and local level.
A national committee and district committees as per the need have been formed to coordinate between government bodies and non-government organisations in the task of stopping the crime and rehabilitating the victims as per the Human Trafficking and Smuggling (Control) Regulation-2056 BS.
Saying there are many challenges like lack of public awareness, poverty and illiteracy to stop the human trafficking, Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen, Rudradevi Sharma, said that support and coordination of all was necessary to stop it.
Sharma further said that the role and coordination of local levels was necessary to stop human trafficking and the ministry has been taking initiative for the same.
Similarly, Executive Director of the Forum, Sabin Shrestha, said that they have been making efforts to expand the committee to states and local levels as per the new federal structure of the country as the Human Trafficking and Smuggling (Control) Regulation has the provision of formation of such committee in national and district-levels only.
Media persons participated in the interaction enquired about the problems surfaced in course of stopping human trafficking and smuggling and initiatives taken to stop it as well as furnished suggestions.