Radio Help Line Served as A Lifeline for Trafficking Victim
Aashika (name changed) fell in love with a boy from a nearby village and after a short time, they eloped and married each other.
A month after their marriage, her husband went to India to earn money. She looked after her in-laws very well and had a good relation with them. Two years passed but her husband was still out of contact. The family doubted that he was still alive so she went home to her parent’s house. After another six months, her husband returned home so she went to live at her husband’s house once more.
Not long after, they decided to move to India where she was sold by her husband to a brothel. Her physical and mental health quickly deteriorated and before long, she was kicked out of the brothel. One day she met with a Nepali in India who wanted to help her. The man had heard the 3 Angels Community Radio program, ‘Nepali Cheli.’ When the man called the help line, the staff arranged to meet them both at the border. The team found her in an unstable situation and mentally ill. In coordination with local police, the address and contact of her parents were found. When her parents came, she disclosed the horrors that she faced inside the brothel.
Aashika received counselling and she was reunited with her parents. A case has been registered with the police against the pimp.
It’s amazing how media serves as a platform not only to raise awareness but also to combat human trafficking.
Throughout the Nepal lockdown, 3 Angels Community Radio has been continuously helping communities through informative radio programming as well as distribution of basic necessities such as food and clothing.
As many people have lost their jobs, a lot have been suffering from mental issues, a number of families are not able to put food on their plates, and the risk of trafficking is continuously increasing. Out of desperate need, some may be resorting to selling sexually explicit materials online, while some may be easily lured to crossing the borders illegally in search of foreign employment. Our partner, 3 Angels Nepal, turned to communities, reaching them one by one and conducting awareness programs so that women and children remain informed.
One of the key objectives of the 3 Angels Community Radio (3ACR) is to inform the public and raise awareness on relevant issues, particularly human trafficking. This holds true even when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country. During the pandemic crisis, they were able to relay reliable information from the World Health Organization while maintaining most of their regular programming. One of the staff shares what else the team have been able to do during this crisis.
She is now leading the children’s program and has received several requests from schools and parents to visit and talk with the students. Her contribution in this increase of requests and participation from the audience is a great opportunity for us as we strengthen our advocacy on child rights and women’s issues.
3 Angels Community Radio (3ACR) had the opportunity to visit a small settlement area in Pokhara to provide training to a group of women living in the slums. Jeevan, 3ACR's news chief shares one of the women's story with us.