Massage Parlors: New Centers for Sex Trade

In India, massage parlors are becoming the center of attraction for working men. Trafficking happens in plain sight and is very deceptive to women and girls who fall prey to the lies used by brothel owners and traffickers. Many Nepali women and girls who are looking for work in India to support their families, are often deceived or seriously misled about the type of work they will be doing – their desperation for a source of income taken advantage by traffickers.

Usha (name changed) is a young woman who worked for a massage parlor in India. Despite her parents’ disapproval, she started to work at the massage parlor. Although she enjoyed it at first, work became challenging as time passed and as her clientele grew. She had a hard time meeting the demands of her customers and thought of asking help from her friends. She reached out to her friends back home in Nepal and was able to convince four of them to join her in her work. Usha offered to pay 10,000 Rupees [US$140] and even agreed to give them a raise based on their performance. The girls were happy about this offer, and so agreed.

Our partners in Nepal learned about this through one of the members from a watch group. After receiving the news, one of the staff called the girls to the Help Desk. During the conversation, it was discovered that the girls’ parents knew nothing about their travel plans to India. The girls were then informed of the dark side of massage parlors and how they operate as a center for sex trade. They were also shown the effects of trafficking, not only to them but also to their family and friends. The girls were grateful that there were people present to stop them from making a terrible mistake and falling prey to sex trade and trafficking.

Monitoring stations operated by our in-country partners are our last line of defense before a girl’s worst nightmare starts. Thanks to our incredible donors and partners, over 5,000 women and girls will be intercepted before they are trafficked this year.

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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.




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Locked in a Room

For six months, Sita endured various forms of abuse from the man she thought would bring her love.




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Trafficker on the Run

Eight traffickers have been arrested so far this year because of the efforts of our amazing partners Tiny Hands Nepal and 3 Angels Nepal. Each trafficker that is arrested, means more women and girls could be prevented from being trafficked. This is dangerous work but it is important in the fight against trafficking. Our partners have a close working relationship with local police and authorities to intercept and rescue girls from trafficking as well as track down and arrest traffickers, just like in Hira's case.




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False Promise of Employment

Two cousins, aged 20 and 23, were recruited by apartment neighbors for foreign work where they were told they would earn better income. These men were known for this type of activity - luring young women into false promises of employment.




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Saved Just In Time

Despite her refusal, twelve-year-old Madhu [name changed], was forced to marry the 28-year-old man that her parents found for her to marry. As soon as they moved in to their new house, Madhu was forced by her husband to move with him to India for what he claimed were good work opportunities.




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Thank you for being part of STOP TRAFFICKING 5K 2019

Our 4th annual STOP TRAFFICKING 5K might be over but the impact will be lasting. Thank you to all those from 11 countries who stood up and said 'no to trafficking'.  Because of you, the life saving work in Nepal and the Philippines will continue to impact lives. US$33,780 was raised with online and offline donations. Together, we are changing the world! Below is what has already happened so far this year in Nepal and the Philippines