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.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Saturday 13. my girl, hairdryers and groovy sax player

Met again with my lovely girl, all dressed up and looking beautiful.  It is so good  to give her a cuddle.  I caught Gloria sitting on the floor near to the power point to blow dry her hair, taking advantage of the electricity while it is on.  Graig, one of our trainers, in church this morning, playing his sax with the boys in the band.  Yesterday, we spent doing a little shopping and seeing a little of the tourist centre and had dinner and then home in the pouring rain with grumpy taxi drivers.  It absolutely poured on the way home,  the street overflowing the gutters.  I rained hard all night.  It has been lovely today and a little cooler.  Training again tomorrow and more interviews for me all afternoon.    Robyn

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