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.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Saturday 19th

We have just returned from church.  It was a little sad to see Lyn and Katie saying goodbye to their two girls as they are flying home this afternoon.  Last night we went to a nice restaurant  with the two girls,  and they loved to be a "little bit fancy".  Lyn was able to spend a fair bit of time with Ruth and goes home with a greater understanding of the culture, and has seen where they come from, and to rejoice to how far they have come.   We went , once again, out to Dololghat, the site of our future camp area, church, community centre and school , plus much more, if Grahame has anything to do with it.  It is a lovely drive out there (2hrs) on a winding road, overlooking valleys , all terraced, where at present wheat is growing, and later there will be rice and millet.  The river is beautiful, winding through the mountains.  In the future we hope to be able to take our Badi girls out there for a holiday; as , at present' they don't get out of Kathmandu.  There is a massive statue of "Shiva" , a Hindu god, on the way out.  It must be 70ft. high and stands on top of a mountain for all to see.  Sort of reminds me of Nebuchadnezzar and his great statue. But Shiva will come tumbling down like all other idols, as we see the church growing from strength to strength in spite of opposition.  Opposition is probably what makes the church stronger.  A couple of weeks ago at church, the sermon was about having a Thankful heart; an attitude of gratitude and this week, it was a challenging message on the power of the tongue for good and evil and what comes out of the mouth, shows what is in our heart.  We are having lunch with Raju, before Lyn and Kate fly out.  Then Grahame and I will be here alone ready to face moving into the other quest house.  That is if the tenant has really moved out.  If you don't hear from me in the next few days, it will because of internet troubles and we have to move all that technology and from past experience, I'm not all that confident that it will be up and running.


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