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.
The lives of thousands of Nepali women and girl have been impacted and transformed during 2018. This would not be possible without the support of our generous donors. With humble and grateful hearts, we say thank you. We are excited to share the difference made in Nepal during 2018.
Thank you so much for your support of our 3rd Annual STOP the Traffick 5k. Together, you raised US$48,700 [AU$66,800] to stop Nepali women and girls from becoming victims of trafficking. Each year is bigger and better and this year was certainly a testament to amazing leaders across the globe who stood up and said 'I'm against trafficking, who's with me?'
Thank-you Greg Schultheis, so many volunteers, corporate sponsors and runners. In total, an amazing RMB225,000 / US$32,500 was received through generous support being made to the Shenzhen Charity Federation Captivating Fund and also directly to Captivating International in Hong Kong.
Kaplana and her husband were poor but they were happy. One day she met Rata who promised her a good job that would give her the opportunity to turn her life around. She didn’t tell her husband but left one morning to begin her journey to break their poverty. Her journey took her to the Nepal/India border where she was questioned about her travels by a Captivating funded 3 Angels Nepal monitoring station.
3 teenage girls were orphaned since they were small and never had the opportunity to go to school. They were successful in securing some work in order to provide for themselves but were regularly abused by the company owner. The girls were offered a job in India that included lovely clothes, great working conditions and good income. It was an opportunity they couldn’t refuse.