Nepal police on Saturday arrested ten people including four Chinese nationals for their alleged involvement in trafficking Nepali women to China as brides.
The Anti-Human Trafficking Bureau of Nepal police arrested them from Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
The arrested Chinese nationals were identified as Zhen Xianjdong, Zhang Donghui, Quan Zhan Peng and Qin Liyang of China’s Hubei province.
The remaining Nepali operatives were identified as Rina Tamang Bibirani, Parbati Gurung, Amrita Gurung, Usha Ghimire, Roj Tamang and Bharat Tamang.
“They were involved in trafficking Nepali girls and women to China as brides,” SSP Ishwar Babu Karki told reporters.
“At first, we arrested two Chinese — Quan and Qin with two Nepali brides from the Tribhuwan International Airport on Wednesday as suspicion grew over them. We later came to know about the racket. We arrested the eight others and rescued five victims,” he said.
The Nepali operatives working for the Chinese used to lure girls and women from remote parts of Nepal with the promise of providing lucrative jobs in China.
This comes as a part of “bride-buying practice” which is prevalent in some parts of China where the married females from Nepal are re-sold as personal property to others by their own “groom”.
Chinese grooms paid one million rupees to the Nepali operatives for arranging a bride who should be uneducated and hailing from a financially backward family, but should be good looking and unsuspecting, police said.
Girls and women who fell prey to the trafficking racket hailed from Kaski, Chitwan, Sunsari and Lamjung districts.