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, 6 September 2014

Friday 5th, 5 weary aussies

Our first team members arrived today weary and worn, but excited about what the next few weeks will bring.  Danielle and Annette , Josh and Emma are here for a month.  Gloria for three weeks.  Gloria, in the blue, is an old hand as this is her third trip. She will be doing cooking training.  Annette in the black, will be teaching self-defence and also making dolls (the cabbage patch kind). The ladies were very excited about self-defence, and were giggling as I acted out what the lesson would be about; as they do not speak english.  Danielle, in the whit e, is my niece, and it is her first mission trip.  Josh and Emma come from Singleton.  As you can see, our lovely young people are doing the dishes after beef stew and pasta.  Classes begin on Sunday.  I am doll making in the morning, and Gloria and Annette have afternoon classes.  We are going out to Dologhat, 2 1/2 hour drive, for church tomorrow to the village church that meets up in a loft.  We also want to see our land out there, to see if we have sustained any flood damage.  We plan to have a training centre, church and school there, and a place for the hostel girls to have a little holiday.  We like the team members to experience village life as well as city life.  The drive out there lovely, and all the rice fields are green and lush.  Grahame will be preaching through an interpreter, so at least we will know what is being preached about.  The power keeps going on and off.  The schedule is not all that reliable this time.  Everyone has toddled off to bed, leaving "Darby and Joan" sitting here in the dark.  I need to put on the emergency lights.  Bye    Robyn

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