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Per Kallestrup

Human Trafficking in Nepal: Post-Earthquake Risk and Response

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  • Bishal Gyawali, 1Center for Global Health,Aarhus University (GloHAU),Aarhus,Denmark.
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  • June Keeling, 3Faculty of Medicine,Dentistry and Clinical Sciences,University of Chester,United Kingdom.
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  • Per Kallestrup

As Nepal mourns the 1-year commemoration of the April 2015 earthquake and its aftershocks that killed more than 8500 people and left thousands injured and displaced, other more hidden repercussions of the resultant chaotic environment need attention: the increased risk of human trafficking. Considering that natural disasters provide a milieu for this illicit trade, there is a need for a robust response from stakeholders such as donors, civil society organizations, and government organizations against human trafficking following disasters such as the Nepal earthquake. Responsibility to prevent and fight trafficking should be explicitly included in the mandate of relief and rehabilitation mechanisms set up at the national level to coordinate the disaster relief response, serving to support populations in both rural and urban areas. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2016;page 1 of 2).

Original languageEnglish
JournalDisaster medicine and public health preparedness
Pages (from-to)153-154
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2016

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