Recently, three female victims, Sakshi* (18), Maya* (21), and Bimala* (17), were intercepted by our team as they attempted to cross the border into India. These three women had been working as servers at a guesthouse in South Asia.
Somehow, the suspected trafficker had obtained Sakshi’s phone number and contacted her. Over time, he established a relationship with her and started luring the three females, promising he would provide them with better jobs in India.
He was very persuasive and eventually convinced the girls to travel to meet him for work. He instructed them to increase their age if they were stopped for questioning along the way. Our team was stationed at the border and noticed the three females preparing to cross. They stopped them for an interview and uncovered multiple red flags in their stories.
The staff intercepted them and then took them to the police station to file a case. Initially, the police were uncooperative, so our team sought assistance from higher authorities. Following a thorough investigation, a human trafficking case was filed against the suspect.
*Names changed for privacy and protection **Original story from our partner Love Justice International / Tiny Hands Nepal
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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’.