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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False Job Overseas

With the pretext of a better job opportunity in Israel, Yoona (name changed) was being lured by a pimp. She was asked to take out a loan of Rs. ten lakh (USD 8,500) from a local cooperative. However, there is no legal provision for foreign employment in Israel for Nepalese women.




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Lies, Tricks, and False Promises

Twelve Nepali girls were being trafficked to India with false promise of jobs. When all of these girls were intercepted and investigated about their travel plans, it was found that they were all tricked for fake job offers. They were falsely told that they would be performing dances in events and programs of rich people in India for which they would be receiving money.




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Timely Interception

Tanuja (name changed for protection and privacy), 19, lost her father when she was younger. Before her father died, he took a loan from the bank to build them a house. However, they were left with a huge financial burden after her father died, and without any other source of income. Things got worse when her uncle cheated them and transferred the ownership of the house under his name, and Tanuja and her mom where forced out of the house.




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Team Intercepts Three Females at Border

Recently, three female victims, Sakshi* (18), Maya* (21), and Bimala* (17), were intercepted by our team as they attempted to cross the border into India. These three women had been working as servers at a guesthouse in South Asia.




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Six Girls Intercepted, Trafficker Convicted

Six young girls, all appearing nervous and restless, were found in a cart about to cross the border. Seeing several red flags on their travel plans, they were taken aside for further inquiry.




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Pimped by Her Cousin

Maya (name changed for protection and privacy) is 23 and works in a hotel as a cleaner. Things were going well for her until a fateful encounter with her cousin.