In excess of 15,000 – 20,000 Nepali women and children (mostly girls) will be the unwilling victims of human trafficking this year. Our partners believe the real stats could be 5 times higher.
Girls will be tricked into migrating out of Nepal chasing the promise of a better life. Their reward will be enslavement, gang rape, prostitution, or being killed to support the ruthless body part industry.
POVERTY sits behind most of the problem. Parents are looking for a better life for their children and young teenagers are looking for a life that brings choices.
PREJUDICE in its many forms also creates major barriers for many women and children. Class differences in Nepal still predestine a child to be shaped within the framework of who their parents are.
EVERYONE in this predicament looks for a quick escape. Out of desperation, they will look at any opportunity that comes their way as a chance – no matter how risky it may sound. Some are promised marriage; others education; and most the promise of paid employment and a new life. For 20,000 women and children this year – their dreams will turn to nightmares.
At Captivating, we believe this problem must be addressed. We can’t stand by and get swallowed up by the size of the problem. Through two wonderful partners, 3 Angels Nepal and Tiny Hands International, we are putting our full efforts behind a holistic strategy to bring this problem to an end for women and girls.
Interception and Rescue
This year 5,000 women and girls will be intercepted by Captivating funded programs in Nepal.
INTERCEPTIONS are when a girl, after being stopped at a monitoring station for an interview (because her situation looked suspicious) is found through a series of interviews to be very likely in the act of being trafficked. This conclusion will also be confirmed by an additional police interview. She will be refused access across the border and her family is called to collect her.
RESCUES are where a girl is literally pulled from a brothel or sex massage parlor and the owner prosecuted.
Interception programs are incredibly cost efficient and effective. Rescue programs are expensive and dangerous. All activity is done with police support, but it is our partners branch staff that take the lead.
On average, a girl is being intercepted EVERY THREE HOURS from a Captivating supported monitoring station in Nepal.
Rescued victims need assistance and an opportunity to recover from such a traumatic experience. This involves counseling, emotional support, the rebuilding of confidence in themselves and in humanity.
The ultimate goal is to reintegrate victims back into their community. Stereotypical and highly stigmatized social thinking can, however, mean parents and relatives are compelled to abandon the rescued survivors. In such cases, further intervention and support is required and is provided in the form of schooling or skill and vocational development so the victim can support themselves.
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Education and Awareness
This year, 50,000 women and girls will come into direct contact with our anti-trafficking advocates and staff. They will learn that human trafficking is a major problem to their safety. They will be trained on how to see the warning signs and learn the latest tricks being used by traffickers and they will be given the information necessary to contact experts and on-call help desks.
Education through Radio – Captivating is the majority funder of the 3ACR Radio Station specifically established to educate Nepalese on the problems of trafficking. Key messages on trafficking are aired including the latest tactics used by traffickers to lure unsuspecting girls and personal stories of victims. This program continues to receive the highest endorsement by Nepalese authorities and is reaching 92% of Nepal.
Community Mobilization to Tackle this Issue – Presentations will be made to schools across 19 high risk districts; flyers distributed; bulletin boards erected; and, women’s groups networked together to create a ‘neighborhood watch’ type program.
The problem of child trafficking will always be there as long as conditions of poverty and prejudice exist. This year we will commence a large-scale program addressing the systemic problem of poverty. This venture utilizes training in the processes of micro-enterprise and micro-finance, along with trafficking awareness which will lead to solid long-term solutions for the entire community.
My First Job Program
When you've missed too much school and you're WAY behind catch-up, this program aims to mentor a young woman safely into the best job possible.
Community Radio - Human Trafficking Awareness
Education is our key prevention strategy to the nasty business of human trafficking. We underwrite our partners radio station bringing key messages to 92% of Nepal.