Two Nepali men rescued from Haiti

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Two Nepali men who were victims of human trafficking have arrived in Kathmandu after an eleven-month ordeal that took them through five countries.

According to the International Organization for Migration  (IOM), the men were recruited by a human smuggling network in Nepal and charged a fee with the promise of legal migration and work in the United States.

The men, in their mid thirties, began a long journey last November that took them to Singapore, China, Brazil, Panama and finally Haiti, supposedly their last stop before reaching the United States.

The agency says the men arrived in Haiti in January and were immediately taken to a private home in the northern city of Cap Haitien.

IOM spokesman Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the men were kept as virtual prisoners with little food and dirty drinking water.

"They were forced to call their families to pay money. But then when they were calling their families speaking in Nepali, they explained to their families where they were. So the relatives in Nepal immediately alerted the police who contacted their counterparts in Haiti, and both with the joint operation, with the United Nations peacekeeping in Haiti, MINUSTAH, they finally rescued these two gentlemen from the area."

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Jumbe Omari Jumbe says IOM transported the men to Kathmandu.

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