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, 28 September 2013

Saturday 28 Weary travellers.

We are in the little hotel in Birendernagar waiting for the bus to pick us up for church.  The "magnificent seven" left on the big bus to wend their way to  Kathmndu.  It took 22 hours last time due to delays in Kathmandu and then an accident somewhere on the way that held up traffic for one hour.  Three members are travelling to Nepalgunj today after church to fly to Kathmandu and the rest of us go tomorrow.  Yesterday was the opening of the school, and it was a great affair with a number of officials and the hall was packed.  We had the concert in the afternoon, so many people stayed all day.  The concert started half an hour early, as the place was jammed full with spill outside.  It was oppressively hot, and the generator kept failing so the fans weren't working, and the singers etc. had to hang around till someone got it going again.   But finally, everything was accomplished.  The room almost had enough electricity of its own without the generator.  We will be keen to be at church this morning to see if many of the locals turn up.  Raju preached at the end.  Don't know what he said, but there was a lot of nodding going on in the crowd.  As we left the hall, we were surrounded by most of the village, with the school kids who had a little bit of english wanting to talk.  Everyone wanted to have photo's with us.  We felt like "rock stars" for a day.  It's exhausting.  On the way back to the hotel, we called into Jhuprakhola (Garbage river) where many of our girls come from.  We walked down the precarious gravel track to the mud huts with grass roofs .  The abject poverty is unable to be explained.  We met an aunt and uncle of one of the ladies in the half-way house.  There were two handicapped children there and we know of others.  We would love to do something for these little ones but it is a huge task to set up another centre that requires such specialised people and accommodation.  Our "first timers" were a bit overwhelmed by what they saw.  It is difficult to deal with. The scenery is spectacular, with the mountains and beautiful river.  The contrast is unbelievable, between what God makes that is so glorious and what man causes amidst the beauty.  The great consolation is when we come to  Kathmandu and see our lovely little girls and women filled with hope and great expectations for the future.  Clean, safe, fed, educated, trained and daughters of the King.  That is worth a " Halleujah"

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