More children at risk of trafficking in Nepal

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According to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), 1.7 million children were affected by the earthquake. UNICEF File Photo.

Hundreds of children in Nepal have been intercepted from being trafficked since the first earthquake hit the country almost two months ago.

That's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which says is speeding up its response to prevent this abuse.

The UN estimates that more than 8000 people were killed in Nepal, due to the 25 April quake and one of its severe aftershocks.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Even before the two earthquakes, UNICEF says child trafficking in Nepal was rife.

But now there is a risk of a surge of trafficking cases, as UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac explains.

"The loss of livelihoods and worsening living conditions may allow traffickers to easily convince families and parents to give their children up for what they are made to believe a better life."

According to UNICEF, Nepalese parents may also be more likely to send their children to orphanages where they risk exploitation.

Prior to the earthquakes, an estimated 15,000 children lived in care homes, although more than 85 per cent of these children had at least one living parent in Nepal.

The children's agency says the number of children leaving their homes is rising.

It says it is collaborating with the Government of Nepal and other partners to mitigate these risks through policy measures and what it calls "direct response".

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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