Muna was born to a poor family. With an alcoholic father, she usually experienced beating, along with her mother and seven other sisters. As she grew, her physical features resembled that of a man, causing her family and friends to hate her.
One day, her father sent her to Kathmandu with his neighbour’s brother to earn money. She was employed at a hotel as a dish cleaner. However, as the days passed, the hotel owner started forcing her to be a sex worker. She refused and tried to run away but did not succeed. She eventually learned that she was sold by her own father. Heartbroken and desperate to survive, she felt she had no choice but to endure being a sex worker. She suffered a lot while satisfying the customers. Many times she tried to run away from but with no luck.
Muna was found in a major bus station by a 3 Angels Nepal Team. She shared that she was about to meet a customer with whom she’ll be living with. After a long conversation, she eventually opened up and shared the miseries she went through. The team explained to her the effects of working in the commercial sex industry and the disease she would probably suffer from due to the work she was engaged in.
Learning more about human trafficking and its effects, she expressed her desire to leave that work and start a new life, and that she wanted to live in society with pride. The team explained that they can assist her in reporting any harassment to the police, and that there are other forms of help available if she wanted it to help her move on, make good choices, and rebuild her life.
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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’.