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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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.