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, 17 January 2015

Friday16th January Crazy Delhi traffic

Today we left the hotel at 8.30 am. and arrived home just now at 8.30 pm.  It has been an exhausting day, most of it in a pastor's little van in Delhi's crazy traffic.  It takes forever to get anywhere.  The smog if thick and makes our throats sore.  We checked on the Nepali couple who were setting up their new digs, then met with another gentleman, then called into the house of one of the members of, the Indian Pastor, who has kindly been driving us, where we had tea and the most beautiful foods made out of lintel flour.  I am keen for the receipes , being a coeliac.  We also met another man who is involved with the same sort of ministry here,  as we are doing,and it is great to meet up and talk things through, and learn from him about the do's and dont's, especially with another culture.  There are 22 million plus people in Delhi and it is only about 80km across.  Apparently, 20,000 people move into Delhi every week.  The government is working like mad to build more public transport with trains.  Don't know how they will manage to keep up with the population explosion.  I have a few good photos, but we are having all sorts of trouble  with wifi here.  We return to Kathmandu tomorrow night,so I will send them in a further blog.  We are pretty tired, but tomorrow we need to look for a building to rent  for the work that is in the right place, at the right price.  We need advice from others as we are strangers in these parts and after lunch, we will be off to the airport, more waiting, I guess.

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