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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Suspected Trafficker Now in Police Custody

Sapna is 16 and is from a large but poor family. Because of this, she had to quit her studies after the 10th grade and start working. She worked hard to help her family but due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the nationwide lockdown was implemented by the government, which created extreme financial hardship for Sapna and her family. One day, she received a call from an unknown number which almost changed her life.




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Women Missing since Lockdown

When girls are smuggled over the border, either by force or deception, most are never found. Our partner, 3 Angels Nepal, is working hard despite the restrictions and travel limitations, to stop girls before they are trafficked.




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Alone, Broken, and Shattered

Life has not always been easy for Saheli (name changed for protection) and her family however, with her father working hard, they still had a good life. When COVID-19 hit the world and Nepal went into lockdown, everything changed. Saheli’s father lost his job and so providing daily food for the family was difficult. In April, her world changed after meeting a man she knew as ‘uncle’.




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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.