Conditions in Nepal mean that children living there are at particular risk of being trafficked into slavery.
As one of the world’s poorest countries, a quarter of Nepalis are living in poverty. The developing economy is heavily reliant upon agriculture and tourism making Nepal Particularly vulnerable to events such as the devastating earthquake of 2015, which claimed 9,000 lives and destroyed 500,000 homes and livelihoods all over the country.
In addition to this, it is common in Nepal for children to begin working at a relatively young age to boost their family incomes. These factors combine to make Nepali children easy prey for slave traffickers, or families simply looking to improve their incomes and not realising the danger that they are sending their children into.
Where is Nepal?
Nepal Fact File
- Population: 29,384,297
- GDP – per capita (PPP): $2,700 (ranked 32nd poorest country in the world)
- Ethnic groups and languages over 100
- Living in rural areas 80.3%
- Population in poverty 25.2%
- People living in modern slavery 230,000
- Population living in modern slavery 0.78%
- Population vulnerable to modern slavery 40.37%
- Earthquake in 2015 killed 9,000 and injured 22,000