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, 15 January 2013

Tuesday 15th

The troups out at Chinchiu have had a very eventful  day on Monday.  I had a phone call from Grahame last night to say that Raju went to visit the family of the young women he had led to the Lord the day before and the Mother and Brother also accepted Christ.  It turns out that the mother, brother and sister are the family of one of the girls in Tusal, Sima, who was in the sewing class.  Apparently, the girls pray 3 times a day for their families to come to the Lord.  They were also able to locate the little girl who did not come in last time, and she will be travelling home with them.  Also the girl who had to testify at the trial of the trafficker will be returning also.  The machinery for the block making was also delivered to the church leader at Garbage river, who will be responsible to begin this little industry.If all goes well, we hope to build on it in the future.


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