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.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Tuesday 1-01-2013

Happy New Year

I wonder what the new year will hold.  It is again a beautiful day here.  I actually got the washing dry on the balcony.  Last year. it was hanging up for three days inside because the weather was so bleak.  I had a wonderful day with the girls today.  We emphasised ONLY 10 girls and in true Nepalese style 12 turned up.  Now that I am a bit more used to how things work around here I had cut out 12 anticipating this would happen.  They just loved the morning.  It was of course quite chaotic, especially with the language barrier, but finally we got all the body parts assembled in the right order.  The new sewing machines were there. Not the ones we ordered, surprise, surprise.  Binu, a young 13 year old who we brought back from the village in September was in the class.  Her english is so good.  She was helping translate while the other translator was busy with others.  She is quite tall and is going to be a real leader.  Even though she is new at the hostel, she is already taking charge.  Yesterday, I was so thrilled to see two other girls from the hostel doing the training.  Raju chooses those who will be the leaders of tomorrow and takes every opportunity to train them in all sorts of things.  Grahame had a look at the new prospective guest house, and it would be ideal, but we have to work out how to pay the rent.  As we have 4 school teams coming this year and one will be here at the same time as we are in September, we need much larger accommodation.  Power is about to go so must finish off.


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