Mizoram police have handed over 23 trafficked Nepali girls, who were rescued from the state, to Nepal government.
Police officials on Tuesday said the girls were handed over to Nepal government officials on Friday through the border transit of Kakarbhitt at Siliguri in West Bengal.
Aizawl SP Karthik Kashyap said that Mizoram Police, social welfare department officials and members of NGOs handed over the victims to the officials of Nepal’s ministry of women and child development.
The girls were rescued by the Mizoram Police on April 24 from Champhi area along Myanmar border.
The government has alerted officials about the state becoming a “safe passage” for human trafficking and to keep a strict vigil over the illegal trans-border movement of people.
Another police official said that 20 Rohingya Muslim teenagers were rescued in Mizoram during the past three weeks. They are currently lodged in shelter homes.
According to police, a middleman and a woman were arrested in connection with the trafficking of the Nepali and Rohingya Muslim young girls and boys.
The human traffickers are reportedly using the route via Myanmar to traffic young girls and boys to the Gulf and Southeast Asian countries, said the official.