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.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

WEDNESDAY 18th deep appreciation

Today, we began photographing our girls and getting updates on their progress.  These girls are so amazing.  They are so excited to be in school, and trying with every fibre of their beings, to do well and improve their futures.  They love being in sunday school and learning to be closer to God and eager to learn as much as they can from their Bibles.  They are so overwhelmed by being sponsored and recognise the huge difference it is making in their lives.  Some are so changed in the last 12 months, it is hard to recognise them.  We sat up on the flat roof with the kids and ate lunch with them,; rice, dahl and very hot potato and pumpkin dish.  The girls polished off large meals as usual.  Geoff took the new photos and Gloria was the scribe as I sat with the interpreter to talk to each one.  Brooke also helped in keeping track of a numbering system .  We have done 34 interviews so far; only 120 to go.  Whew!!!!!!  We have another 3 team members today, another six tomorrow arriving , another one on Friday another one the weekend the the last two on Monday.  It's all happening.


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