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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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.




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Trafficked into India

Tamasi was being abused by her husband. Thinking that her new friend was genuinely concerned about her, she immediately agreed when she offered her work somewhere else.




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Traffickers Convicted

In 2019, staff members from Tiny Hands Nepal intercepted four women in one of the borders and counseled them about the dangers of human trafficking. They also encouraged the women to file a case against their trafficker but they were reluctant to do so. With no case to process, they were sent home after the counselling. During the interview, our staff thought that one of the women seemed very suspicious. True enough, the same woman threatened the other girls that she wouldn't return their money and that they will be sent back abroad again.




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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.