by Dean Beveridge (Chairman of the Board of Captivating International)
Sending my daughter across international borders to work? Each year around this time I reflect on how blessed I am that I was born in Australia and can enjoy my family as they grow up in safety and relative affluence. I try, as much as I can, to imagine what life is like for fathers who love their children as much as I do but were not so lucky with their birth place. I have a daughter who is about to turn 13. She gives me incredible joy and I love her very much. This Christmas my dilemma is what to buy her and where will we go for our annual holidays. Do I buy her an iPad, new clothes or some sporting equipment? These holidays will we go water skiing or surfing? The pressure is on.
During 2015, I travelled to Nepal to visit our human trafficking work. While travelling I spent some time talking to a father of a teenage girl. His dilemma is vastly different to mine. He is struggling to provide for his family and is considering allowing his 13 year old daughter to travel to India to work and earn money to help the family. What an incredible contrast. My problem – surfing or water skiing, iPad or sporting equipment. His problem – whether his daughter will cross the border at the risk of becoming a victim of the sex industry in India.
I discussed this dilemma with my daughter and we have decided to join with this Nepali father to see if we can make a difference. For around $100 we can intercept and rescue a girl the same age as my daughter. For $300 we can provide a micro loan to help a family like that of this man establish an enterprise to increase his income to avoid the trafficking of his children. Well that has solved my dilemma. This Christmas we can all make a difference. Maybe forgoing one gift each would lead to the gift of life for a daughter of Nepal. Will you join with us this Christmas season?
If you would like to help Captivating fight against human trafficking and give girls and their families a brighter future, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photo – Dean walking through the streets of Nepal, seeing the struggles families have each day)
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’.