“I am 16 years old, and studying in grade 10 in Nepal. One day, I became friends with a man on Facebook. Over a period of four months, we chatted together, slowly becoming good friends.
One day, he asked me to come to a far western region of Nepal to meet him. He started becoming more insistent that I travel there to visit him. When I told him that I did not have enough money to travel there, he assured me that if I traveled to see him, he would purchase my return ticket home.
Because I trusted him, I traveled there without informing my parents about my plans. When I arrived, it was 2:30 p.m. and my phone had lost power. I asked a stranger for help, and using their phone, I called my friend and told him that I had reached Bus Park. He told me to wait for him near the ticket counter in the bus park. When I saw him, I was completely shocked because he was not like the person he claimed to be on Facebook. It seemed like he was a drug addict, and we started arguing with each other. During our fight, he suddenly fell unconscious, and I was very afraid.
I went back to the bus to return home, but I found his cap in my bag, so I went back to where he was to return his cap. He grabbed my hand and would not let me go. He told me that I had to go with him to Mumbai. Frightened, I began to cry. Staff from Tiny Hands Nepal [Captivating’s in country partner] approached and started to ask me questions. I told them everything, and they reassured me that I was safe and told me not to worry. They promised that nothing would happen to me because they were there to help me. With them by my side, I felt like I was finally safe.
I listened to them and realized that I was likely in the process of being trafficked. I can’t imagine what my life could have ended up like. I am grateful that someone was there to save me before I was trafficked.”
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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.
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.
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’.