Government policies[ edit ] Although there are no laws in Nepal criminalizing sex work specifically, there are some laws that were enacted throughout the s that criminalize trafficking within and outside of Nepal that are used towards sex work. Sex work is a term used to refer to all aspects of the lawful and unlawful sex industries around the world. This distinction is one that is not truly understood; thus, many of the policies and laws enacted within Nepal against trafficking—many argue—should not be applied to sex work. Authorities and laws trying to stop true slavery—trafficking—get misapplied to sex workers, clients and others involved in the sex industry. In , the Traffic in Humans Control Act was passed in Nepal and was aimed at stopping trafficking in the form of prostitution. There is a large case of sex trafficking in Nepal, but voluntary sex work is more common than many believe.
2016 Trafficking in Persons Report - Nepal
NEPAL: False Promises Lure Nepali Women into Sex Trade | PeaceWomen
Human Rights Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Every year an estimated 10, Nepalese girls between the ages of nine and 16 are trafficked across India's open border and sold into prostitution. Interpol, an international criminal police organization, cites trafficking as a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow exponentially, with more than , Nepalese girls now working in the brothels of India. When the parent's income is unable to support the family's basic needs, children are forced to provide an additional income. This often entails finding work abroad. With the help of labor brokers, many Nepalese men and women migrate willingly, finding work as domestic servants, construction workers, or other low-skilled laborers.
NEPAL: False Promises Lure Nepali Women into Sex Trade
Annually, approximately ,, people are trafficked across national borders around the world, 80 percent of whom are women and girls. Also widespread is labor exploitation of victims in unorganized, informal sectors in Gulf states, such as domestic servitude. Victims sometimes get away from their captivity through escape, rescue by police raids, or release by their captors when deemed too old to be profitable. They are both men and women, and most often they were people the victim knows such as neighbors, relatives, friends, and even parents.
UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Tier 2 Nepal is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Nepali men, women, and children are subjected to forced labor in Nepal, India, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States in construction, factories, mines, domestic work, begging, and the adult entertainment industry.