Nepal still has some challenges with child labour, where small children can be seen on building sites and factories.Nepal is a beautiful country, but also one of the poorest in the world.
Nepal imports precious metals, machinery, petroleum and electricity. Though China is becoming increasingly involved in trying to provide cheaper imports into Nepal. There is no social welfare system to speak of in Nepal.
Most foreigners working in Nepal are either employed by foreign aid companies or foreign private companies.
When in Nepal, visitors should be vigilant as to where their belongings are and not have valuables on display.
Festival season between October and November sees a proportionate increase of crime in Nepal.
It is also advisable not to leave any drinks unattended because drink spiking, leading to robbery, does happen.
Theft is becoming a big problem in Nepal and there have been incidents of trekkers being confronted by groups of men demanding money, as well as muggings and robbery in the cities.One way of breaking the scam is to open the bottle for the child, which will then benefit the children.There are some dance bars in Nepal, particularly in Kathmandu, where tourists are charged large amounts for drinks and harassed.When taking a taxi, ask the driver to use the meter.Many refuse and then try and charge exorbitant rates, so agree the fare before you get into the cab. Though a lot of that percentage is relegated to working for sustenance rather than profit or export.