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Number of educated Nepalese remains higher among the victims of foreign employment swindlers

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU: The swindlers of foreign employment, who promise lucrative jobs in Europe and North America, not just cheat the ordinary people but manage to deceit the educated Nepalese as well.
A recent data from the Department of Foreign Employment, the Government of Nepal, shows that in the last one month, among the 102 cases of deceitful acts, 15 cases were of the educated victims cheated by the swindlers.
In those cases, the swindlers promised that they would take the victims to high income countries like Canada and USA in North America, and Poland, Spain and Czech Republic in Europe, and even to Macao of China and South Africa on the southernmost tip of the African continent.
The victims even paid hefty amounts of money to those agents in advance, but they were never flown to those destinations, nor they got their money back.
“The saddest part in this story is that the victims even do not even have any receipt or any evidence of the money they paid to the agents,” says Dr. Bhisma Kumar Bhusal, Director General at the Department of Foreign Employment.
In those 15 cases, the victims paid more than Rs. 10 million (around US $ 100,000) to the agents in advance and did not manage to keep a record, Dr. Bhusal added.
In one individual case, a youth paid Rs 2.1 million to an agent for Canada, but the agent since then has just disappeared and is out of contact.
Likewise, a youth paid Rs 2.6 million for the U.S. but the agent left him stranded in Mexico and is out of contact.
In another case, a victim paid Rs 1.2 million to an agent for Czech Republic but was never flown to this central European country.
In absence of evidence that the victims really paid money to the agents, the Department is not even in a position to file lawsuits against the culprits for swindling the victims’ money.
Meanwhile, a recent data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that the number of Nepalis arrested from Mexico-USA border in the last four years has reached more than 1,700, as of April 2018.
Among them, 406 were arrested in 2015 followed by 550 in 2016, 495 in 2017 and 288 in 2018. Most of them (1,696) were arrested by the border patrol teams, while rest of them were arrested either during traffic checks or by various measures.
Among them, 36 were children under the age of 18, who were travelling without their parents or guardians, and 84 were women.

Published Date: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 | 10:50 AM

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