Nepali families unknowingly send their children to child traffickers

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Sapana, 15, was nearly taken to India by a man who promised her a job after the 25 April earthquake in Nepal. A local NGO working to prevent trafficking rescued her at the border. © UNICEF Nepal/2015/Newar

Lured by promises of education and health care, families affected by the earthquake in Nepal are unknowingly sending their children to facilities which exploit them.

Youths are also being lured by traffickers who offer fake opportunities to work abroad.

That's according to Virginia Perez, Chief of Child Protection in Nepal for the UN children's agency, UNICEF.

UNICEF is working with local police to intercept young people and return them to their families.

Siobhán Garside asked Ms Perez if child trafficking had been a problem in Nepal prior to the earthquake in April.

Duration: 4’20″

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