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.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

wednesdy 8 th April, Yangon

I saw this man with his fascinating little stall and wondered what he was selling.  He had leaves and was spreading them with lime (white powder not juice) mixed into a watery solution.  Then he put pieces of Betel Nut, powdered tobacco, and also tobacco leaf pieces soaked in some solution.  Then they are neatly rolled up in the leaf like a little spring roll.  After chewing this, they are in a very happy mood, with red gums, teeth and tongue.  They sell them everywhere, so they are very popular.
Above are two very cute little twins, the daughters of a couple we are working with.  One is a minute older than the other, and she is definitely the boss. Guess which one.

We will be taking over the  rent on the above house later this year as our base and office.  Aussie team plus our Myanmar coworkers and a Korean man who is also working with us.   Robyn

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