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, 10 January 2015

Saturday 10th January. missionaries and salvation

The remaining 6 members of the team toddled off to church this morning.  It was absolutely jam packed and people just kept coming in.  A young man was introduced who had always longed to be a doctor, but had no possible means of paying for the study; but everyone was celebrating today because he has just won a  full scholarship. He was very happy.  Then another couple, with a little baby came out.  The husband was weeping, and apparently, people have been praying for him for many years, and he and his little wife have just accepted the Lord.  Also, after church, Raju led another man to the Lord, and a third one, who couldn't control his weeping, will be reconnecting with Raju tomorrow.
We also had another couple prayed for who are going as missionaries to India.  It is a marvellous story we will share when we come home.    We also attach a photo of a beautiful little boy who belongs to one of our ladies at the half-way house.  When we first met him, he was a little limp, lifeless boy about 10 months old.  He is such a gorgeous little fellow now.  He was with us at the half-way house birthday party the other night, dancing around with the rest of us. It is so great to see the wonderful things happening in this country.  What a privilege.

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