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, 22 January 2015

Dolls making Dolls

Today is the fourth day without power.   Our inverter was not working, no refrigeration, no lights, can't charge computers, phones etc.  So we went to use the generator and found someone had "borrowed" it and returned it broken.  So we had then try to borrow another one to get some charge
on the inverter for Grahame's CPAP machine and get our computer etc. charged.  We also had a meeting town which we had to defer for an hour, then when we got there the man we were supposed to be meeting, was late because he was off trying to buy fuel.  I ended the day with Kathmandu belly to finish the day off nicely.   Still, there is a stark reminder to us in the street that there are many who are so much worse off than we are.  In fact, we are still living in luxury compared to them.  Fortunately Grahame had installed solar lighting in a few of the rooms, so we are not stumbling around in the dark..I spent the afternoon today with my lovely ladies working on the dolls.  What a joy it is to spend time with them.  It will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings/  Robyn.  

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