Convicting traffickers

You might be wondering why girls and their families don’t file cases with the police or speak out in their communities about cases of trafficking. Border monitoring analysis done by one of our program partners, Tiny Hands Nepal, helps us to understand why. The highest reason reported is because the trafficker is a member of their community. Nepali people are very trusting and timid so when the trafficker is from their community, they don’t know what to do so remain silent. The second highest reason why incidents are often not reported is because of the reputation that the victim will have in their community. There is a stigma attached to girls and women who have fallen victim to traffickers or trafficking. They are often shut out of their homes and communities and left with an uncertain and unsafe future.

Interceptions are incredibly important in the fight against human trafficking and are saving girls before they are trafficked and lost forever. Convictions of traffickers in the court system save many more lives. Our partners, Tiny Hands Nepal and 3 Angels Nepal, work hard to file cases against traffickers and see them through to convictions and lengthy jail sentences. Currently there are many cases being fought in court with many traffickers convicted of trafficking and being sentenced. Everyday, we see the enormousness of this horrific violation of human rights yet there are also incredible wins in the fight against human trafficking.

 

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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.




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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.