2 Girls Get a Lucky Escape – Nepal/China Border

At the Captivating funded Tiny Hands Nepal (THN) border monitoring station in Dhunche, two girls escaped with a lucky break.

On July 29 Bimala (13) and Dawa (14) (names changed) were both intercepted while in the process of being trafficked.  Both were from a remote village located in the Rasuwa District. Their trafficking story was almost identical.  Both had finished school and were approached by strangers to their village (one a 20 year old man, the other 22) who took interest in them and became their boyfriends.  Both were promised fun times abroad involving traveling together as tourists. They both agreed to go with them. Soon after, they travelled together by motorcycle from the District of Rasuwa to Dhunche where they were to cross the border together. They were told they would meet up with their boyfriends again after crossing the border. While traveling they were told to keep hidden, and threatened into not leaving the room they were staying in or making any phone calls. When they reached the border town of Dhunche, Tiny Hands staff noticed these two girls were carrying lots of baggage and hurrying quickly across the border. When THN staff questioned them they learned that their families were unaware they were leaving the country and became aware of other suspicious details. To Bimala and Dawa’s shock, the penny started to drop on what was currently happening to them – that all the evidence of their experience was showing clearly all the warning signs that they were in the very process of being trafficked.  They were soon returned home safely, educated about trafficking, and a case filed against their traffickers. Both were so thankful to THN for rescuing them, heartbroken they were so easily tricked by these two men, and very eager to head back to their village to educate other girls about the dangers of what almost happened to them.

We think of the potential situation these girls would have found themselves in a matter of hours after crossing the border had this interception not occurred.  We are so thankful we can play our part to partner with Tiny Hands Nepal in starting this work on the Nepal/China border.  We must continue to keep our two border monitoring stations on this border open, and we hope to also increase the number of stations in the future.  If you’d like to be financially involved or find our more information, please email andrewc@captivating.org today.

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Alone, Broken, and Shattered

Life has not always been easy for Saheli (name changed for protection) and her family however, with her father working hard, they still had a good life. When COVID-19 hit the world and Nepal went into lockdown, everything changed. Saheli’s father lost his job and so providing daily food for the family was difficult. In April, her world changed after meeting a man she knew as ‘uncle’.




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Preying on Girls through Social Media

Kalindi (name changed for privacy and protection) thought she has found the love of her life online, only to find herself weeping with regret in the end.




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In Need of Safety and a Mother's Love

Mandeep (name changed for protection and privacy) had been through lots of hardships since she was a child - from losing her father, being abandoned, and taking on different jobs. She was found by our partner's staff sitting on a bridge, distressed and alone.




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Fake Job Offer

Padmini (name changed for privacy and protection), 20, was spotted by our 3 Angels Nepal monitoring staff while doing their routine checks around the bus station. They saw her holding hands with a man but she seemed reluctant to go with him. Upon inquiry, they found out that Padmini didn’t know the man, so she was brought to a transit home where she shared her story.




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Trafficked into India

Tamasi was being abused by her husband. Thinking that her new friend was genuinely concerned about her, she immediately agreed when she offered her work somewhere else.




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Traffickers Convicted

In 2019, staff members from Tiny Hands Nepal intercepted four women in one of the borders and counseled them about the dangers of human trafficking. They also encouraged the women to file a case against their trafficker but they were reluctant to do so. With no case to process, they were sent home after the counselling. During the interview, our staff thought that one of the women seemed very suspicious. True enough, the same woman threatened the other girls that she wouldn't return their money and that they will be sent back abroad again.