At least 79 migrant workers have been rescued by Nepali authorities from countries including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, reports attributed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Nepal said.

According to reports, as many as 19 Nepali nationals have been rescued from Sri Lanka while over 60 migrant workers were rescued from Bangladesh.

All aspirant migrant workers rescued from Sri Lanka were female, according to Senior Superintendent of Police Sarbendra Khanal.

Reports said that the police had started investigation in the first week of June after receiving a tip off about 22 women stuck in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

“Women were rescued with assistance from Sri Lankan police,” he had reportedly said, adding that Sri Lankan police had beefed up vigilance after receiving request from the Nepali side to cooperate in controlling illegal human trafficking through Colombo route.