Skin racket in Kavre

Story image for Skin from Columbus DispatchKavre, the district most vulnerable to harvesting of kidneys from poverty-stricken and desperate locals, is now under threat from a racket soliciting youths to sell their skin.

According to Shatish Sharma, director of Forum for Protection of People’s Rights Nepal, an organisation working in the field of human trafficking, persons earlier involved in the illegal trade of kidneys have now taken to the growing market for skin.

“As there is a high demand of white skin in India, the former traffickers have now switched trades, especially since the enforcement of stricter laws,” he said.

PPR, had earlier published an investigative report, saying 250 persons, mostly women, from 10 VDCs in the district had sold their kidneys.

Meanwhile, in view of the threat from the racket, PPR has launched a campaign in the district cautioning people from being exploited by agents.

“After hearing reports of agents operating here, a campaign has been launched to alert people,” Sharma said, adding that the drive will cover all the villages in the district.

A version of this article appears in print on December 26, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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