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, 2 April 2014

Tuesday 2 April

It seems as if we have never left, just slotting right in again.  We had two ladies travel with us who will be doing ESL training, and then later yesterday, Peter arrived.  Tomorrow we are expecting another Peter also.  The building going up around us here is amazing.  Apparently, money is being loaned from the government, and there is action everywhere.  Opposite the lane from us, they were digging the foundations by hand when we left at the end of January, and now they are half through the second floor, bearing in mind that everything is mixed by hand, bricks and mixed cement is carried up on their backs one heavy load at a time , by the women. Then everything is rendered and painted some lovely bright colour.  It is pretty steamy during the day, and I guess it will only get hotter leading up to the monsoon season.  We have 24 all together on team , some for the whole time, and others for a week, or maybe two.  There is a school team for three weeks, but they are going out to the west to see where the girls come from and do some work out there also, for a week of that time.  Once again, we got a royal welcome from our half-way house ladies when we arrived interrupting their training.  They are in temporary housing while we are looking for a better house for them.  At the moment, they have to walk for one hour to get to training, and then walk another hour home.  They should be fit.  Things will begin in earnest tomorrow, so I'd better get my act to together.


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