News just in from Nepal – trafficking interceptions escalate
The following disturbing overnight report was received from one of Captivating’s partners, 3 Angels Nepal:
From Rajendra (3AN Founder/Director)– “Yesterday, we had to fight with three different traffickers all from the earthquake affected areas who came to the Captivating International supported border of Bhairahwa. They had young girls wanting to take them to India. Our border staff dealt with one first and before the case was decided another one arrived and was intercepted. While this was in progress another trafficker arrived with 3 girls. The branch staff are dealing with all of them today and will soon provide us a proper assessment report verified by the local government office and the border security force that work with us. Other borders are facing the similar threats of huge trafficking activity since the quake”.
Captivating works in partnership with two trafficking focused NGO’s in Nepal – 3AN and Tiny Hands. For the past year, on average 15 girls have been intercepted and rescued EVERY MONTH. These are from border stations financially supported by you, our Captivating donors. Following the earthquake, our partners are bracing for significantly increased numbers. Even more critical is our need to remain focused on funding these border stations, and if possible, expanding this work. If you can help or want to learn more, please contact email@example.com. (picture credit to www.preventconnect.org)
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’.