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.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Friday 18 April. Welding lessons

The 6 young men had their first welding lessons today with Norman.  Half were Badi boys, and the others were the lovely boys from the Chepang people, who are residing in one of our hostels until a new hostel is finished back in their region.  At that time, they will return there to be leaders in the hostel.  

   The man,in the back,in the grey shirt is our caretaker, Netra.  We would be lost without him.
Being team day off, various members have gone in their own directions.  Grahame is on the mend, and so is Patsy, but now Barry is under the weather.  This flu  seems to be circulating.  Last night, the Mackay team arrived back, full of talk about their adventures out west.  They have all had an amazing time, all are overwhelmed with the lovely people of Nepal.  Tomorrow, we go out to Dologhat for church.  We need to use the school bus to get there, as there are so many of us.  It is good to have the village experience of church, as opposed to the city. 

 We would like to wish you a happy Easter.


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