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.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Wednesday, 9th, new arrival, horn blower, dogs

We are all very tired today. We had barking dogs all night, and once again, the horn blower at some unearthly hour blowing his leg- bone horn.  The girls from Mackay. Christian School went to another hostel today and entertained  the kids.  They are such great girls.  Four of them are only 15, and one is 17, and they are very mature.  They jump in and do the washing up, and are so respectful and willing.    Today, as I walked back from one of the hostels, I came upon a group of boys playing cricket, with a homemade bat.  They called out to me and asked if I would like to play.   They were telling me in broken English how they love cricket and especially Shane Watson, so they obviously watch the game.our new team member is a nurse, so she will be doing some health training.  

Dinner around the table, girls washing up with head lamp, girls journaling their thoughts  at the end of each day


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