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.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Thursday Letters from Oz, Great Footwork, and Glamor

Some children in the  Carmichael College sent letters to the children at our school in Kathmandu.  The letters were lovely.  One little boy said he thought  something was "orsm".  I hope the children here don't think that is the correct spelling.  It is nice to have that connection between the schools across the world.    One of the team members here is a good player in a ladies soccer team, and her club have provided shirts, boots and socks for the kids.  For a few afternoons, she has been giving some basic soccer training to the girls.  Some of the shirts are a little big, as you can see, but the girls had a ball.  They eagerly await the arrival of their new Aussie trainer each afternoon after school. Also, Linda (middle) and her two daughters in their new finery.  Most of the ladies who come like to go home with a little Nepali fashion.      Robyn

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