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.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Thursday, our time almost at an end

Finally, we seem to have everything sorted out at the Transformation Guest House.  The carpet man came and laid the carpet in the lounge.  An old fashioned style, with roses,which I like.  We went out and bought a lot of board games, badminton sets and volley ball sets, also some leggo type things for the little ones at the Tusal hostel.  It is so much easier to provide these things now that all our girls will be in one place.  It will be very full and Grahame is arranging for four more toilet/shower rooms to cope with the large group.  We are having dinner with them all tonight.  There will be more to come tomorrow as it is a big job relocating children from all over the city, especially as there are exams on at present.  By tomorrow, they all should be in one place.  I hope to see more of my little sponsor girl now, as she was in one of the other hostels.  Raju is in the Philippines at present, but we had a call from him as he saw a story in the paper about a lady who burnt herself to death.  She had a baby, an 18 month old and another under 3, and couldn't cope with the hardship.  Raju wants his people to follow it up and maybe they will be new little ones for the Miriam centre.  The old grandmother currently has the children but cannot care for them.  When some people can barely manage one meal a day, life can be pretty overwhelming.  Our landlord has moved out from upstairs but we don't officially take over till early in February.  I hope I get a chance to get a better look at our upstairs accommodation.  I have to interview quite a few new girls for their stories before we go back.  As we leave on Sunday, tomorrow we have other things we need to do to finalise everything before we go, so it leaves Saturday afternoon.  Grahame and I have an invite to a special event at 5.30p.m. on Saturday, but I don't think I will be able to go as the stories are the most important , for the sponsors.  Raju led two people to the Lord the day before he left.  Where ever he goes,there is someone coming to Christ.  It is amazing.  The young couple who are houseparents at Tusal do a fabulous job.  He is only 28 and they have a little baby.  They are both doing studies, and will be looking after almost 100 girls.  He is also very involved with the church and is also Raju's " go to" man for all the running around.  He was saying he wants to spend the next 5 years learning as much as he can from everyone, and then he wants to do something great for the Lord.  Grahame told him he is already doing great things for God.  He is so humble, he thinks what he is currently doing is not much.           Robyn

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