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The civil society observed that 60 to 70 of the 90 odd women trafficked to Sri Lanka from Nepal had yet to be found.

Protecting Environment and Children Everywhere (PEaCE) informed that 90 women brought to Sri Lanka from Nepal had been kept in Sri Lanka for the last three months.  Chairman of PEaCE, Mohammed Mahuruf said that the Nepali authorities and the Embassy of Nepal were presently awaiting directives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on what would happen next.

“One of the 90 women had escaped from a safe house cum camp where the women were kept and had informed the Nepali authorities. A complaint was subsequently lodged at the Colpetty Police and officials from the Department of Immigration and Emigration also arrived immediately to conduct a raid on a particular building as per information given by the woman who escaped,” he said.

Mhauruf added that the women had been transferred.” Fortunately, the woman who escaped had managed to take photographs and videos of a car, where the women were kept. The car number was traced by the Police and subsequently from Awissawella, 19 women were found,” he mentioned.

A further nine have gone back to Nepal and the rest would be deported, he remarked, adding that Bangladesh is also a destination for trafficked women. (RLJ)