Arati* is 24 and because of poverty, she could not complete her schooling past 11th grade. Arati came from a broken family and from a young age had to support herself.
One particular day, Arati met an old friend. She explained to Arati that she works in Mumbai where she earns an attractive salary. Arati was easily persuaded to go along with her and was excited about the opportunity to earn money.
After reaching Mumbai, her friend took her to the female employer. Arati was left with 26 Nepalese and 18 Indian girls. She never saw her friend again. She was trapped and tells her story. “I had to serve as many as 26 men in one day. One day, I cried a lot and begged my employer to let me go. She told me that she bought me and will not let me go until she recovers her investment.” Arati received no payment for the service she rendered to men. When her health began to deteriorate, she received no treatment. Beaten, spat on, and tortured she would stay hungry for days. For seven months, she suffered and then she fell ill. It is impossible to get out of brothels unless someone is suffering from an incurable disease or is ill to death. Arati tells, “I was able to steal money from one of my clients and somehow managed to escape. I returned to Nepal where I filed a case against my friend who had taken me to Mumbai.”
Arati stayed in a rented room and began to search for work. A man offered her work in Dubai if she could provide Rs. 50,000 [US$400] so she began to work in a hotel as a sex worker in order to gather the money she needed.
When 3 Angels Nepal (3AN) staff found Arati, she told them her story and about her hope for a new life in Dubai. It was explained to her about the dangers of leaving Nepal to find work. With the help of 3AN, she is applying for a job as a cleaner in a local school. She is now confident about her future and is working to put the past behind her.
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’.