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, 18 September 2014

Wednesday 17th. Hob Nobbing at the Hyatt


How cute is this little girl on her way to school.  Gloria took a photo of her this morning .  Gloria, Danielle and Annette decided to just wander into the Hyatt, nearby where we live, and have morning tea.  All along the street, and down the driveway, were about 50 riot police, with assault rifles.  Apparently, there was a conference there, with important people from a number of nations.  So the three of the ladies, just went in, made themselves at home in the restaurant, sipped home made lemonade with mint, and pretended to be the upper crust for the morning.  Of course, it was short lived, as they had to join the real world and get back to training.  I'm jealous.  I must try to get there  myself, as I have never been that daring.  I always thought you had to be a guest to be there.  Tomorrow, we are having a little party with the girls, as it is the last day for our classes with this group.  We plan a few funny games and definitely some dancing.


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