Desperate Girls

The Badi Girls

Between 7,000 and 12,000 young girls, aged 9-16, are trafficked each year from Nepal; mainly to India. According to Nepal Monitor/On line journal, 2007, there are more than 200,000 Nepali girls in Indian brothels.

The Dalits(untouchables) are the lowest level in Hindu society, and the Badi community, in Western Nepal, are the lowest of the low. As a displaced hungry people group the Badi community has made sexual subservience a way of life. Young girls from this group “serve” other groups. This has become a tradition and means of livelihood. Many girls, even when they are unwilling, are forced to serve as sex slaves. Family members knowingly sell their daughters to traffickers.

Though prostitution is illegal in Nepal, the industry reportedly has links with highly ranked officials and political leaders. Large groups of girls are taken across the border with many police and government officials being in collusion with traffickers and brothel owners.

Traffickers and related criminals are often protected by political parties, and if arrested, are freed using political power. As a result, there is an underlying distrust of police that has led people not to file cases against traffickers.

Domestic action involves activities of NGO’s and other volunteer groups. These groups are playing a major role to address girl-trafficking and sex slaves issues. Some NGO’s are playing a very important role to improve the situation. From creating social awareness to rescuing and rehabilitation, they are providing services (and relief) to those that need it the most – the likely victims as well as the rescued ones. The Lighthouse foundation is one of these.

*See Chandra Kala’s story on this blog site.

Friday, 11 January 2013

From Craig Murison

I am just finishing a week in Nepal with Educate Nepal. I have been teaching on leadership. While I have taught in other third world situations in Africa, I have never experienced a more receptive audience than I have experienced here. The people are really beautiful. They are very hungry to grow. Not just for the sake of growth, but so that they can see their nation transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

They want to see the nation of Nepal transformed and all the surrounding nations as well.

Seeing the Badi girls, the girls who would normally be sold into the sex trade, just worshipping God brings great joy to my heart. We visited the hostels and the half way house where these girls, and women, are given the chance to live lives free from fear and abuse. When they sing praises to God they really lift the roof. They know God's grace. They really know God's grace.

I have been left in awe of their hunger for more of the Christian life.

As always, I have been changed and impacted far more than any impact I may have had through my teaching.

As  go back to my school in Australia I pray that I might take even just a small measure of the humility and hunger of the Nepali Christians.

The work of Educate Nepal, facilitated by Grahame and Robyn Kerr, is making a very big difference in this amazing nation. God is alive and well in the shadow of the Himalayas, in the shadow of Mt Everest.

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