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, 12 April 2015

Team Mission Update Nepal 12th APRIL

Team member Gordon has been chasing a virus in one of the school staffs laptop. He has been playing hide and seek for a few days with a nasty and self repairing bug that infected Ribita's machine. Today he let out a shout of delight as he nailed that sucker to the wall.

Gordon has been a massive help in many areas and in particular in sorting out a number of technical issues on a variety of electrical components. Thank you Gordon.

Gordon's fast fingers at work.

Weighing the spuds.

Lyn selecting the fresh veges for tonights meal.
Here are a few snaps of some daily scenes that go on but are mostly unseen. We appreciate every bodies input into each day to make it all happen. The training, the visitation, the meals, the computer repairs, the cleaning the lot. Thank you each one.

Vivienne setting the programs for the future.
Hardware shop deliveries!

Milko. Delivered to your door.

It's a pick up service of food scraps for livestock.

Shepherd and his flock.

Our neighbours, friends of Nelson. "Namaste!"


Till next time.

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