2 girls spared from the horror of circus life

Many Nepali children are tricked with lies about joining the circus. Most people would think the circus would be a fun place to live, but once in the circuses in India, children often live in squalor and are never allowed to leave the circus compound. They are routinely beaten in order to teach them the difficult and dangerous tricks, and sexual abuse is commonplace. In effect, these children are totally at the mercy of circus management who treat them as they please. This is how 2 girls were spared the horror of circus life.

16 year old Gajra* and 15 year old Adarsh* are friends and lived in the same village. They were approached by a lady and her husband who were visiting Nepal from India. The couple offered the two girls jobs in India. The girls were told that they would receive Rs 8,000 [US$72] each month working in a circus.

At first, the girls hesitated but the couple persuaded them to at least try it for around two to three months. Finally they agreed, and were told to go to a local bus station with another girl. The girls told their families they were going to school but instead they met up with the other girl and boarded a bus to the border. After getting off the bus, they took a rickshaw to cross the border. The staff at one of Captivating’s border monitoring stations, stopped them and asked questions about their travel plans.

The girls had been instructed by the couple to lie about their names, ages and their purpose of going to India. They had been told to talk in Hindi language and tell people that they were going to India with their family’s consent. During the interview, they told the truth and the girls were intercepted. The traffickers were arrested and a case has been filed with the help of the border station staff.

*names are changed for protection

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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.




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Sold by Her Father

Muna worked as a dish cleaner in a hotel, but was forced to work for commercial sex. She eventually learned that she was sold by her father. Heartbroken and desperate to survive, she felt she had no choice but to endure being a sex worker. She suffered a lot satisfying the customers. Many times she tried to run away from but with no luck.