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, 18 January 2015

Saturday the 17th Jan. The girl in the ragged blue sari

As we were waiting for Raju in a Delhi street, the plight of the poor struck me once again.  A family going through the garbage with their bare hands looking for something to recycle or maybe the hope of something special.  As I watched, the dirty little girl found a discarded strip of material.  Here she is, just like any other little girl dreaming of putting on something pretty.  She is wrapping herself in it, like a little sari.  The whole scene made me so sad.  She represents thousands upon thousands of little girls in Delhi and many other countries.  What hope is there for this little one.  We see beggar women with empty baby bottles and a small baby.  Apparently, they rent the baby from  
someone, making the begging more profitable.  Then once they are toddlers, they learn to beg.  Of course, once they are about  12, we know the next step.  As we flew out of Delhi late this afternoon, and I looked down at the city through the smog, I prayed for all the little girls of that city.  I hope this puts a burden on your heart as well.  Remember the little girl in the ragged blue sari.

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