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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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.




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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.