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.

Monday, 30 September 2013

30th Sept 2013

I have been in Nepal for 10 days now and the people and the things I've seen,heard, smelt and experienced I will never forget. For me the people have been the highlight. Whether it be the fun times of travelling on a pretty interesting bus trip (to say the least...) with both Aussie and Nepalese guys and girls or chatting with friends I've met for the first time and others I've known for some time as we walked the streets; I couldn't help,by God's grace, but be reminded of just how how precious the Jesus I know and His Gospel is to those who know it also, and with that, realising again that it must be shared! It has been a pleasure getting to know those I now call friends and brothers and sisters in Christ I can't wait to meet them all again (and others) real soon.  Kathryn :)     

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