67 girls freed thanks to your support of the “Set a girl free” campaign

“To the world you are one person, but to one person you can be the world”.

This statement is so true for 67 lucky girls who were recently intercepted at the Nepal border unaware they were in the process of being trafficked into a life of prostitution and slavery.  You made this possible Captivating donors.  Through your financial support of our work in Nepal in partnership with 3 Angels Nepal (3AN) and Asian Aid Australia, and Tiny Hand Nepal, you have made it possible for so many girls to have a very lucky escape.  Don’t ever think your donation does not make difference.  It means the world to these girls.  For those of you who contributed to this initiative, thank you so much for making this possible.

The 67 girls we are reporting on today were intercepted at 3AN/Captivating border monitoring stations.  3AN are doing wonderful work in our partnership regions.  Reporting on the outcomes of the Oct – Dec 2014 quarter, they stopped and interviewed 1,162 girls and women.  These girls were stopped because their situation looked “suspicious”.  Of these 1,162 interviews, 67 girls were in the very process of being handed over to their future owners – being sold into slavery.  Following interviews with the police, 65 of them were immediately taken to the 3AN safe house/transit home where they were provided with food, accommodation, and counseling for up to 14 days.  Eventually, 56 girls were successfully reunited with their families, while the others went into long-term care at one of 3AN’s women’s safe homes (a project funded by one of our partners in Australia, Asian Aid).

As we continue to directly work to finance the work of our incredible partners, we are continually amazed at the professionalism and dedication of the team at 3AN.  Keep up the amazing work everyone, and our congratulations on a wonderfully successful quarter.

(Pictured: some of the girls rescued).  

 

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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.