There are burgeoning hospitality, entertainment, and wellness
industries in Nepal. The label ‘Adult Entertainment Sector’ (‘AES’), used
in anti-trafficking efforts, has resulted in stigmatisation of the owners
and, mainly female, workers of some businesses in these industries.
Labour intermediaries, who help businesses get employees and
workers find jobs, are a critical and often misrepresented part of
these informal industries. Women are stuck with few options for safe
employment in Nepal or foreign labour migration. Supporting the easy
registration and monitoring of these businesses and social protection
will improve Nepal’s economy and enhance working conditions.